Banksy artwork sells for almost USD10 million at auction

LONDON (AP) — Banksy’s playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold at auction for GBP7.6 million (USD9.8 million), the second-highest price ever paid for a work by the British street artist.

‘Show Me the Monet’ sold to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s in London recently, surpassing its upper pre-sale estimate of GBP5 million.

In the 2005 work, Banksy added abandoned shopping carts and an orange traffic cone to Claude Monet’s image of water lilies in his garden at Giverny.

Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, said the work was 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 spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world’s best-known artists.

Another Banksy work, ‘Devolved Parliament’, sold last year at Sotheby’s in London for GBP9.9 million.

His graffiti-style piece ‘Forgive Us Our Trespassing’ sold for USD8.3 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.

A member of the staff poses in front of a work of art by Banksy entitled ‘Show Me The Monet’ at Sotheby’s auction house in London. PHOTO: AP