A parody of the British artist Banksy on a water lily painting by Claude Monet has been auctioned for 7.6 million pounds (translated 8.4 million euros). It is the second highest amount that a work by the mysterious street artist has ever earned.
The work of Show Me the Monet (2005) is an oil painting depicting the masterpiece The Japanese Bridge of Monet from 1899, a painting of a bridge over a pond full of lilies in the garden of the French Impressionist in Giverny is world famous. In the version of Banksy, two shopping carts and an orange traffic spy were dumped in the idyllic pond.
“ Banksy shines a light on society‘s contempt for the environment, in favour of the polluting excesses of consumerism,” says Alex Branczik, the head of Sotheby’s European Contemporary Art Department, where Banksy‘s work went under the hammer. He calls it one of the strongest and most iconic works of art in the British.
Value significantly higher than estimated
For the painting five interested parties who continued to outbid each other for nine minutes. Thus, the final price was raised well above the estimated value of more than 3 to 5.5 million euros. Whoever owns the artwork has not been disclosed by the British auction house.
Bansky’s most expensive painting is Devolved Parliament, from 2009, which, by a British House of Commons full of monkeys, earned £9.9 million (€11.1 million).