Peggy Leboeuf, the gallery director was not amused by the unauthorised improvisation by Mr Datuna, whose portrait of Vladimir Putin constructed from miniature images of the Mona Lisa, fetched $269,000 in 2011.
“He was not arrested. But we asked him to leave the booth and leave the fair.
“We have his contact and everything. We can go further, but I don’t think we will.”
All is not lost, however. The piece, entitled “Comedian’ has retained its value thanks to a certificate of authenticity and the owner is free to replace the banana – and duct tape.