A "HUNGRY artist" ate a $120,000 "artwork" consisting of a banana taped to a wall on Saturday.
David Datuna, 45, sparked outrage after munching the piece of fruit at a Miami gallery.
Police intervened after his apparent piece of performance art - which he captured on video and called "Hungry Artist".
In the clip, brazen Datuna removes the banana from the wall and unpeels it - before gobbling it in a few bites.
The stunt comes just a day after it was revealed the artwork - by Italian Maurizio Cattelan - had sold for $120k.
Entitled Comedian, it comprises a single piece of fruit from a Miami supermarket held in place by a strip of duct tape.
It was bought from Cattelan by a French art collector and was being displayed at the Art Basel gallery in Miami.
Stunned gallery staff called security and police who interviewed Datuna and took his details - although he was not formally arrested, TMZ reports.
Datuna claimed he respects Cattelan and hoped his eating stunt would be seen as a compliment.
The eaten banana has already been replaced, according to TMZ.
There were reportedly instructions in place already to swap the banana with a fresh one as it decomposes, suggesting the banana itself is not intrinsic to the value of the artwork.
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Viewers were told that bananas are “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humour”.
Cattelan, 59, hit the headlines in September when his 18-karat gold toilet sculpture was stolen from Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
Five people were arrested in relation to the theft.