Banksy Painting Auctioned for Nearly $10 Million

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.

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Recent Articles

Marvel Pays Tribute to the Heroes of 2020

Marvel has teamed up with the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) to create a comic book that tells true stories from 2020’s biggest heroes: healthcare workers.

Britain to be First Nation to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

After an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases in the US and worldwide, a beacon of hope has appeared, as the UK becomes the first nation to approve the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations. The approved vaccine is made by Pfizer Inc., an American multinational pharmaceutical company, and evidence suggests that it is up to 90% effective.

China Makes History by Landing Robot Probe on Moon

As China advances closer towards being the third country to land a human on the moon, they have sent a robot probe to collect around 4 pounds of rock and soil samples. This mission to send a spacecraft to collect lunar rocks is known as the Chang’e 5 mission.

Mayor Bill de Blasio To Re-Open Elementary Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the re-opening of parts of the New York City school system, not long after he closed them down in response to spiking numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Holiday Returns and the Environment

With the holiday season upon us, people are starting to shop online. Many sales will soon hit online stores, as big events such as Black Friday have been moved onto the internet during the coronavirus pandemic. However, with online shopping, many people are unable to test their products in stores, which leads to returns.

Promising Results For A Third Coronavirus Vaccine

A third major vaccine for the coronavirus appears to be showing promising results, reports say. Earlier this month, one of the frontrunners in the production of the vaccine, Pfizer – in conjunction with European biotechnology company BioNTech — announced that their vaccine was 95% effective with no serious safety concerns.