This photo of an organic potato sold for an obscene amount of money


Irish photographer Kevin Abosch just sold this photograph of a pretty average (though organic) potato to a European businessman for a grand sum of $1 million, the BBC reports.

Here it is then, in all its mystifying glory:

“We had two glasses of wine and he said, ‘I really like that.’,” the artist told the Sunday Times. “Two more glasses of wine and he said, ‘I really want that.’ We set the price two weeks later.”

Hard to say how this businessman’s fascination with the spud developed. But maybe there’s more to the potato than meets the eye.

“I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species,” Abosch said in an interview with Mashable. “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.”

The potato joins the ranks of Johnny Depp, Malala Yousafzai, Sheryl Sandberg and other famous figures Abosch has photographed.

[h/t Newser]

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