Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for $120,000
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"The Comedian," a controversial art piece by Maurizio Cattelan that consists of a banana duct-taped to a wall, has sold for $120,000 at Miami's Art Basel, igniting a viral debate online.

Cattelan is the same artist behind "America," an 18-carat gold toilet that was later offered by The Guggenheim Museum as "a long-term loan" to President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE

Two of the three editions of the work have already sold for $120,000, and a third edition is expected to sell for $150,000, according to CBS Miami.

The art piece has sparked controversy, with some arguing it's a work of genius meant to offer insight into how Americans value objects while others point to its expensive sale as an indicator of wealth inequality. 


Kristen Orthman, the director of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Overnight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change MORE's (D-Mass.) 2020 campaign, even weighed in, calling it: "'Banana with duct tape' also know as 'we need a wealth tax'"

The tweet, and others like it, referenced Warren's wealth tax proposal meant to address rising inequality by imposing a 2 percent tax on the wealth of people with more than $50 million in assets.

Cattelan told ArtNet in an interview that he had worked on the piece for a year and originally intended to craft the banana out of bronze or another material.

“I couldn’t figure out how to finish it,” Catalan said. “In the end, one day I woke up and I said, ‘The banana is supposed to be a banana.’ ”