JAPANESE ART COLLECTOR BUYS 2 FEET OF OLD ROPE FOR 1,000

Photograph of the artwork. Mr Nakamura outside the headquarters of his vending machine business in Kagoshima

A Mr Yoshi Nakamura from Kagoshima, Japan, recently secured an artwork by Portrait Of the Artist As A Cyborg for 2,200 Yen (1,000). The work consists of a two-foot long piece of rope with a customised Art Zero label. Mr Nakamura, who runs a vending and business machine company, has an extensive private art collection which includes work by Duchamp, Klein, Beuys, Kippenberger and Emin. (Independent, 8 March 2004)

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