We should have waited a few more days before publishing our Tesla and SpaceX founder dropped a gem on Twitter on Thursday showing what appeared to be a photoshopped banana duct-taped to the butt of his Cybertruck. It didn't last long.. The
"Art in motion," Musk wrote. The tweet quickly racked up thousands of likes and retweets before unceremoniously disappearing.
Musk hadn't suddenly become a fan of fruit salad on wheels. The banana was a reference to an art piece titled "The Comedian" by prankster-artist Maurizio Cattelan, which sold for $120,000 at a Miami gallery earlier this month. The art consisted of a real banana duct-taped to a wall.
If we put together the estimated cost of a top-of-the-linewith the going rate for art-fruit, then that would rocket Musk's vehicle value up to around $200,000. Too bad it's not real.
The tweet's mysterious disappearance is odd. Is Musk making a statement about the impermanence of art? Did he borrow the photoshopped version from elsewhere and then think better of it?
Whatever happened behind the scenes, we can be pretty sure that a duct-taped banana won't be an official Tesla add-on option for the electric pickup.