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. 

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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.’ ”