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

June 6, 2013, 6:31 pm
  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • 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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  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • 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.
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  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • 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.
    CNN-IBN
  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • The sale also included images of Mikki taken by the duo.
    CNN-IBN
  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • 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.
    CNN-IBN
  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction
  • Photographs clicked by Russian chimp snapped up at $76,000 at auction