You may laugh but It is serious.

An European businessman just paid €1 million (S$1.56 million) for a portrait of a potato.

You may be thinking, what was so special in that portrait. Well, nothing so much important. It just features an organic Irish spud on a black background shot under a single light using a digital camera.

European businessman must have been drinking or may be her girlfriend insisted for it! Whatever be the case, Portrait titled Potato #345, the simple photo was taken in 2010 by Mr Abosch, 46, was sold for  €1 million.

Do you wanna buy another? But, you can’t. Surprisingly, there are two other prints of the potato – one in Mr Abosch’s private collection and the other was donated to a museum in Serbia.

Let’s know about the photographer. He also shot Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Aung Sang Suu Kyi; and worked with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. His photos are always set on a black background.

You may be wondering, what came in his mind to shoot a potato. Listen to his words: “I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species.

Generally, the life of a harvested potato is violent and taken for granted. I use the potato as a proxy for the ontological study of the human experience.