Eighteen photographs of Moscow’s famous Red Square taken by a chimp called Mikki have been sold for over 58,000 euros at a Sotheby’s auction in London.
The collection of photos, taken in the 1990s, is titled “Our Moscow Through the Eyes of Mikki”.
The collection was part of the Collaboration with Animals project, launched by Russian conceptual artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid in 1978.
Both Komar and Melamid taught Mikki, a popular performer at the Moscow Circus, to take photos as part of a project aimed at questioning man’s superiority in art by involving animals.
The buyer, Russian art collector Kira Flanzaich, stated: “Sometimes you think that animals can maybe photograph or do other things better than a human being.”
Unfortunately, Mikki was not at the auction to see his work sold. The chimp died in 2007.