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All of the craziest things that went down at Art Basel Miami

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Highlights include a £91,000 banana taped to the wall, which was eaten by a performance artist.

Every December celebrities and artists flock to Miami Beach in the US for the beachside instalment of Art Basel.

This is the younger cousin to the original June version in Switzerland, and is a place to see (and buy) pieces from well-known names like Keith Haring and Cindy Sherman, as well as being exposed to some newer artists.

Art Basel Miami is often considered wilder and more experimental than the Basel event, and this year’s artworks didn’t disappoint…

A banana was taped to the wall… and then eaten

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Luckily, another banana was soon fixed to the wall in its place. However, it wasn’t back in action for long and the installation was soon taken down as it was drawing too big a crowd and needed security guards to protect it.

This isn’t the first time Cattelan’s work has been targeted – earlier this year his solid gold toilet was stolen from Blenheim Palace.

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A sofa was made out of Balenciaga off-cuts

Nuriev stuffed a large couch with off-cuts of Balenciaga clothes that weren’t going to be sold, making for an incredibly chic sitting situation. Giving it extra fashion credentials, model Bella Hadid even visited the installation and posed on it.

Dior brought back a retro designer

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Dior at Art Basel
(Brynn Anderson/AP)

While Stüssy is still actually going strong – even if it’s not quite at the height of its powers – Shawn Stussy himself hasn’t been in the game for a while, and came out of retirement to collaborate with Jones.

Madonna’s daughter was in a simulated ‘orgy’

Desigual said the performance was: “A representation in which the catalan artist affects the most basic and universal act of love: the kiss.”

A traffic jam was made out of sand

Art Basel Miami cars made out of sand
(Lynne Sladky/AP)

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