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My banana looks like your banana

Someone claims that a US$120,000 artwork is a copycat. Is he correct?

Banana & Oranges by Joe Morford (left) and Comedian by Maurizio Cattelan (right). PHOTOS: JOE MORFORD, MAURIZIO CATTELAN
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Three years ago, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan sold a banana duct-taped to a wall, titled Comedian, for US$120,000 (S$167,000) at Art Basel Miami. But according to American artist Joe Morford, it was plagiarised from his own artwork.

In allowing Morford to move forward his case earlier this month, a federal judge for the Southern District of Florida, Mr Robert Scola, wrote: "Thankfully for the court, the question of whether a banana taped to a wall can be art is more a metaphysical question.

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