Can you believe that a photo of a potato sells for over $1,000,000? Not even the potato itself, but a photograph. The photograph was taken by Kevin Abosch who charges huge prices (you’re not kidding) to shoot portraits of business people in Silicon Valley.
Abosch portraits have become a status symbol among the rich and elite, with them paying over a $150,000 for a photo shoot and up to $500,000 if commercial usage is included. He has made his trademark by using his ‘black iconic backdrop’. He is also a fine art photographer, and this is how the potato photo shoot came about.
Apparently, Kevin Abosch likes potatoes because ‘they, like people are all different yet immediately identifiable as being essentially of the same species’. Brilliant!!! He has photographed many potatoes and this is one of his favourites. I bet it is.
This sale came about because a wealthy collector who admires Abosch’s photography was visiting his home in Paris during 2015. He saw the photo, which was a 162cm x 162cm print mounted on dibond, hanging on a wall and made an inquiry about purchasing it for his collection. The price which was non-negotiable was 1,000,000 Euros or about $1,083,450 at today’s exchange rate. I would have passed out, but the buyer calmly agreed the price and made the purchase. It made it Abosch’s largest sale of a single image to date.
However, the most expensive photograph was $6.5 million paid for Peter Lik’s Phantom photo, but it does place the ‘Tater Photo’ in the top 20 of most expensive photos of all time.
If you’re interested in Kevin Abosch’s work and you have a few pennies to spare, you can visit his website here
If you’re not interested, I can always take a photograph of your favourite potato on a black background for half the price. Cheap as chips!!