Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction

World | | June 6, 2013, 6:31 pm
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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.

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.

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

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

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Appreciating Mikki's work, 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.

Appreciating Mikki's work, 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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They're askew and out of focus, but a set of photos taken by a talented Russian chimpanzee sold at auction on Wednesday for 50,000 pounds ($76,680).

They're askew and out of focus, but a set of photos taken by a talented Russian chimpanzee sold at auction on Wednesday for 50,000 pounds ($76,680).

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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.

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.