Among the boldface names you won’t be expecting to find exhibiting at Art Basel Miami Beach is Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s erstwhile chimpanzee companion.
His paintings — two moody abstracts each priced at $1,500 — feature in “Endangered,” a fundraiser in aid of the Center for Great Apes, the sanctuary where he’s lived for eight years.
Set in woodland near the Peace River some 200 miles north of Miami, it’s not ordinarily open to the public. Its residents live in a network of geodesic domes connected by elevated walkways, while staff zip around on golf carts below, their walkie-talkies squawking like tropical birds.
Bubbles isn’t the only celebrity here. Founded by Patti Ragan in 1993, the sanctuary shelters 29 chimps and 15 orangutans. Some are refugees from the exotic pet trade, a few have come from biomedical research labs and many spent time in showbiz.
Read more at –Bloomberg.