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Chimp's photographs sold for $76,000

LONDON - They're askew and out of focus, but a set of photos taken by a talented Russian chimpanzee sold at auction Wednesday for $76,680.

The blurry images of Moscow's Red Square by simian snapper Mikki were part of a sale of Russian photography at Sotheby's in London.

They were snapped up by a Russian buyer.

Mikki, a performer with the Moscow Circus, was trained to take pictures in the 1990s by Russian conceptual artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid as part of a project to challenge concepts of artistic value.

The sale also included images of Mikki taken by the duo.

The buyer, Russian art collector Kira Flanzaich, said the photos were a fine example of conceptual art.

Unfortunately, Mikki was not around to enjoy the praise. The chimp died in 2007.

 


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