In 2005, Banksy showcased an exhibition titled Crude Oils: A Gallery of Re-mixed Masterpieces, Vandalism and Vermin, in which he placed his own spin on famous art pieces. This gallery ran for over a week in London and included reworked pieces from artists including Warhol, Monet, and Van Gogh.
Recently, a piece from this exhibition made the news yet again. Banksy’s Show Me the Monet was sold at auction for 7.6 million pounds. This sale far surpassed the initial estimate of the piece, which placed it at 3-5 million pounds, and makes it the second most expensive painting Banksy has sold to date. Show Me the Monet only falls behind Banksy’s Devolved Parliament, which sold last year for 9.8 million pounds.
Show Me the Monet depicts a modern image of Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies, adding a submerged traffic cone and two shopping carts to the scene. The original painting by Monet was created between 1897 and 1899 and was one of 12 impressionist paintings from the scene in Giverny, Northern France.
The buyer was an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s in London. As the buyer’s identity remains elusive, so does the identity of famed artist Banksy. Banksy’s real name and identity still have not been officially confirmed, yet he has come to be one of the most well-known artists in the world.