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Would you pay Rs 7.35 CRORE for this photograph?

Last updated on: January 28, 2016 15:12 IST

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t is hard to believe, but it’s true. This ‘photogenic’ potato (at least the photographer Kevin  Abosch thinks so), reportedly sold for $1.08 million (approximately Rs 7.35 crore) to a European businessman  who saw it while dining at the Photographer’s home in Paris.

A hot potato indeed!

Abosch, an Irish visual artist and portrait photographer whose subjects include Johnny Depp, Malala Yousafzai, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Hopper, Yoko Ono and Aung San Suu Kyi, typically charges $5,00,000 (approximately Rs 3.4 crore) for portraits of famous figures.

His work has been seen in international magazine features and covers, including Vogue. An article in the March 2008 issue of Vogue Italia reads, "Abosch knows the true face of a star"]

But why a potato?

As a representative from his studio puts it, “Kevin likes potatoes because like people, they are all different yet identifiable as being essentially of the same species. He has photographed many potatoes -- this is his favourite.”

Huh?