|Show Me the Monet, which sold at auction for nearly US$10 million, transforms Monet’s The Water-Lily Pond – depicting a Japanese-style bridge in a garden – into a modern-day fly-tipping spot. (Photo by=AFP)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] Banksy’s playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold at auction for £7.6 million (US$9.8 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 on Wednesday (Oct 21) evening, surpassing its upper pre-sale estimate of £5 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 £9.9 million. Earlier this month, his graffiti-style piece Forgive Us Our Trespassing sold for US$8.3 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.