LONDON – Banksy’s playful rendition of a famous Impressionist painting sold for $ 9.8 million. This is the second highest price ever paid for a work by the British street artist.
“Show Me the Monet” was sold to an unknown bidder at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday evening, beating its upper presale estimate of $ 6.5 million.
In the 2005 work, Banksy added Claude Monet’s image of water lilies in his Giverny garden to abandoned shopping carts and an orange traffic cone.
Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European director of contemporary art, said the work is one of the “strongest and most iconic” Banksy works to appear at auction.
Banksy, whose real name has never been officially confirmed, began his career as a spray painter in Bristol, England and has grown to become one of the most famous artists in the world.
Another Banksy work, Devolved Parliament, sold for nearly $ 13 million at Sotheby’s in London last year. Earlier this month, his graffiti-style “Forgive Us Our Trespassing” sold for $ 8.3 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.