Piero Manzoni | Artist Cans & Sells His Own Excrement

Piero Manzoni (July 13, 1933 – February 6, 1963) was an Italian artist best known for his ironic approach to avant-garde art. He died of a heart attack at twenty nine.

Ironically his ashes were flushed down the toilet.

In May 1961 Manzoni created 90 small cans, sealed with the text Artist’s Shit (Merda d’Artista). Each 30-gram can was priced by weight based on the current value of gold (around $1.12 a gram in 1960). In the following years, the cans have spread to various art collections all over the world and netted large prices, far outstripping inflation. A tin was sold for € 124,000 at Sotheby’s on May 23, 2007; in October 2008 tin 83 was offered for sale at Sotheby’s with an estimate of £ 50–70,000. It sold for £97,250. On October 16, 2015, tin 54 was sold at Christies for the astonishing sum of £182,500.

You heard it here first aspiring artists! Line up your prunes and Vindaloo and share your inner truths with the world. Especially a morning truth after a large coffee.

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