Believe it or not! A businessman buys photo of a potato for $1.5 mn

This is one news that can make it to the top of the Ripley's Believe it or Not show list. Or you could try pinching yourself twice to believe it.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016, 16:55 PM IST
Believe it or not! A businessman buys photo of a potato for $1.5 mn
Picture courtesy: Kevin Abosch

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This is one news that can make it to the top of the Ripley's Believe it or Not show list. Or you could try pinching yourself twice to believe it.

A businessman is reported to have bought a photograph of an organic Irish potato for one million euro or 750,000 pounds (USD 1.5 million).

According to The Independent, celebrated photographer Kevin Abosch, 46, said he sold the photograph of an organic Irish potato to an unnamed European businessman for 1 million euro.

The photograph, taken in the year 2010, was shot on a black background and is said to be one of the prized and most sought-after of the photographer's portfolio.

Abosch is better known for taking portraits of celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Palin, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Jophny Depp and Bob Geldoff.

As per the report, there are three versions of the picture of the potato - one in his private collection, another donated to an art museum in Serbia and the third one that was sold to the unnamed businessman.

The report quoted the photographer Abosch as telling the Sunday Times, "We had two glasses of wine and he said, 'I really like that'. Two more glasses of wine and he said: 'I really want that.'

"We set the price two weeks later. It is the most I have been paid for a piece of work that has been bought," Abosch said.

Interestingly, Abosch says he doesn't know what has happened to the real potato.

Did they say a picture speak thousand words? But it's sure worth a million bucks in this case.