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Bar of soap sells for $18,000

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Perhaps the oddest piece of work at Art Basel is a bar of soap, displayed on a square of black velvet, purportedly made from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's fat, removed during liposuction.

Gianni Monti's work called 'Clean Hands' -- the title is a play on the name of an anti-Mafia group -- sold in less than an hour for 15,000 euros ($18,000) to a private Swiss collector, according to Monti's Galerie Nicola von Senger of Zurich.

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7 Responses:

  1. nugget says:

    Hooray Basel, the birthplace of LSD.

  2. c0nsumer says:

    Ha, I could barely believe this when it was mentioned on Wait Wait -- Don't Tell Me! yesterday.

  3. strspn says:

    Imagine how much they could get if it came in a pump dispenser and was labeled "antibacterial."

  4. fanf says:

    The first rule of fight club is, you do not talk about fight club.