Irish photographer says he sold picture of potato for €1m

Kevin Abosch sells image to European businessman who saw it in his Paris home

The picture of the potato, which has sold for €1m, propelling it into the top 15 most expensive photographs ever sold.

The picture of the potato, which has sold for €1m, propelling it into the top 15 most expensive photographs ever sold.

 

Irish entrepreneur, investor and photographer Kevin Abosch has sold a photograph of an Irish potato for €1 million, he confirmed to The Irish Times.

Mr Abosch sold the 162x162cm print to a European businessman, who had inquired about buying it when he saw it in the photographer’s home in Paris. Mr Abosch told the businessman, who wants to remain anonymous, that the price was non-negotiable at €1 million. He photographed the potato at his Dublin home in 2010 and made three prints of it. “I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species. Generally, the life of a harvested potato is violent and taken for granted. I use the potato as a proxy for the ontological study of the human experience.”

One of the prints is in Mr Abosch’s private collection, another was donated to an art museum in Serbia and the third was sold to the businessman.

Mr Abosch photographed the Faces of Ireland series at Dublin Airport, which consists of 250 portraits.

He is also the founder of discreet communication platform Kwikdesk, and OneOne, an ultra-private messaging app providing seven channels of discreet text messaging.