Pictures clicked by chimp to fetch 70,000 pounds

Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 16:32

London: A collection of blurry photos taken by a chimp, touted as his "take on the world", is expected to fetch up to a whopping 70,000 pounds at an auction in London.

Mikki the chimpanzee was taught to use a camera by Russian artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid after they discovered him at the Moscow Circus.

The 15-year-old chimp`s snaps of Moscow`s Red Square are said to represent his take on the world in a place where millions of photos are taken by tourists, The Sun reported.
The collection - called Our Moscow through the Eyes of Mikki - will be sold at auction next month and is expected to fetch between 50,000 and 70,000 pounds.

The pictures, taken in 1998, include a shot of Mikki being taught how to hold and use a camera before he begins to shoot.

"It`s a very important piece of work, and it is very exciting to be able to sell the pictures at auction," Suad Garayeva, Curator of Contemporary Art at Sotheby`s, London, said.
"There`s been a lot of interest because it`s very unusual and it works on so many different levels. It`s an alternative view of Moscow as seen through alternative vision," he said.

The sale will take place on June 5.


First Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 16:32

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