Chimpanzee's photographs fetch an unbelievable sum in London auction

A collection of photographs taken by a chimpanzee -- yes, you're reading it right -- was put up for auction in London's Sotheby's in June and fetched a whopping sum that will make you go bananas. You're definitely curious, so read on to find out more!

First photo: Mikki the Chimpanzee posing beside a large format camera; Second and third photos: Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Russian-born artists who taught the chimp how to point and shoot with a camera, assist Mikki during the shoot. via NY Daily News

In early June of this year, a collection of photographs called “Our Moscow Through The Eyes Of Mikki” was auctioned off in London’s Sotheby’s, and was expected to get sold for a price between $75,000 and $106,000. And it did fetch a sum close to the expectations — $76,680 — but what probably was not expected by many was that Mikki, the photographer, was actually a chimpanzee.

The bananas — I mean, photographs — were snapped by Mikki in Moscow’s Red Square in 1998, reportedly under the tutelage of Russian-born artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid. Grainy, out of focus, and poorly framed, you probably didn’t expect anyone to bid high on the photos, but apparently, somebody went bananas over the fact that a chimpanzee even managed to learn how to hold a camera or press the shutter.

Photos from Mikki’s collection. via NY Daily News

I could only wish my blurry, unfocused, poorly-framed photos could also go under the hammer at a prestigious auction house!

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All information for this article were sourced from NY Daily News and CBS News.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-07-19 in #news #lomography #news #photography-news #sotheby-s #london #chimpanzee #mikki

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