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Art Basel Party Report: A Week of Playboy, Cardi B, & NFTs

There is no $120,000 rotting banana that takes this year’s Art Basel by storm. Throughout the week, people can be seen lining up for several hours to get a colorful newspaper from a Saint Laurent activation on the beach and/or carrying the Ruinart tote featuring David Shrigley’s worm painting. At the fair, there are a handful of dumb art pieces that seem to get close to being the item du jour — the banana guy has returned with a bunch of expensive dead pigeons, another man is trying to sell cups of coffee for $1,000 a pop, and a third actually does sell a gold-plated avocado bagel for $2.9 million (“I wanted to make a sculpture that froze the zeitgeist,” said the 29-year-old artist in a press release).

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