Archive for June 7, 2013

Chimp photographer auction at Sothebys

On June 5 at Sotheby’s auction house of London a set of 18 photographs of Moscow taken by a former circus chimpanzee sold for $76,000. The chimp’s name is Mikki.

The idea was dreamed up by two Russian born American artists. One is named Vitaly Komar. Some examples of his work below.

The other artist involved is named Alexander Melamid. Melamid has a son that produces videos for hip hop moguls like Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. Melamid took the liberty to produce oils paintings of these two icons. Melamid is not only a great photographer, but a great painter also.

The pair found the chimp while visiting a circus in Moscow. The duo have done many collaborations with animals in the past including making bones by using the paw prints of dogs, using an elephant to paint a bust of George Washington, and even working with beavers producing wood gnawed sculptures.

Below is a clip from the CBS morning show with more about the auction.

What a fantastic and unique idea! Way to go Mr. Komar and Mr. Melamid!