What do Malala Yousafzai, Yoko Ono, and a potato have in common?

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(L-R Malala Yousafzai, a potato, and Yoko Ono)

According to photographer Kevin Abosch, there are “commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species.” This reverence for the humble spud definitely wasn’t lost on the European businessman who purchased Abosch’s portrait “Potato #345” for $1.08 million dollars last year.


Abosch confessed that the deal was brokered over a few glasses of wine. Most people go out and get a bad tattoo after drinking too much, but when you’re a rich businessman you buy a million dollar photograph of a potato instead.


Kevin Abosch certainly isn’t complaining: his portraits of famous figures usually sell for around $500,000, making this by far the most lucrative sale of his career. The organic Irish tater in “Potato #345” now has the honor of being in the 15th most expensive photograph ever sold.

“Generally, the life of a harvested potato is violent and taken for granted. I use the potato as a proxy for the ontological study of the human experience,” Abosch says. And to make a quick buck, of course.


Beautiful. Just beautiful.

By: Louisa

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