In 1961 Italian avant-garde artist
Piero Manzoni manufactured 90
small cans, claiming that each
contained his own dung. Their lids
were numbered and signed by
Manzoni sold his cans of dung for $US37 each, basing this
on the equivalent per-gramme price of gold.
In recent years
Sotheby’s has sold cans of Merde d’Artista for 124,000
euros (2007) and 97,250 pounds (2008).
Source: Various, including Piero Manzoni and Germano
Celant, Manzoni, 2007.