In the end, gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin and a gallery assistant used a banana borrowed from a visitor to replace the one that was eaten. So, a new piece of fruit was taped to the wall.
Buyers have been given a "certificate of authenticity" to prove that their banana, even if it came from a grocery store, is indeed art, and worth the $120,000 price tag.
An artist has described a $120,000 (€108,000) artwork - a banana taped to a wall - as "delicious" after he ate it. Then, Datuna easily removes the tape and as he peels the banana before taking a bite he says, "art performance. art performance, hungry artist". "I love Maurizio Cattelan artwork and I really love this installation", he added.
The banana was taken off of the wall, then peeled and devoured in front of a live crowd by a performance artist named David Datuna.More news: Trump just assured his own impeachment
It's worth mentioning that this is not the first time one of Cattelan's art pieces has gone viral for freaky reasons. According to Artnet, a spare banana is kept on hand-and without the artist's certificate of authenticity, it is just a banana. Perrotin and the Perrotin gallery have been contacted for comment.
Although the banana was consumed, Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for the gallery said the original intent of the artwork was not destroyed.
Looking at art can work up an appetite!
"The banana is the idea", Terras told the Herald.More news: Outback Bowl offers positive ending to Gophers season
After eating the banana, Datuna told the New York Post: "I can eat the banana and the concept of the banana-because I am an artist and not a regular human".
A banana taped to a wall as "art" has been sold for $120,000.
Security guards stationed outside the booth Saturday were telling gawking fairgoers to "keep moving" and "you can't stand here", as a line formed to snag a photo of the pricey banana.
Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez confirmed to PEOPLE that no arrests were made, nor did they have any interactions with Datuna.More news: Chiefs gear mistakenly sent to NJ, sources say