News ID: 275915
Published: 0433 GMT October 26, 2020

Banksy’s ‘Show Me the Monet’ painting sells for £7.5m at auction

Banksy’s ‘Show Me the Monet’ painting sells for £7.5m at auction

Banksy’s reimagining of Claude Monet’s impressionist water lilies fetched more than £7.5m at auction, easily surpassing expectations.

‘Show Me the Monet’ was created in 2005 and adds abandoned shopping trolleys and a traffic cone to the famous garden scene, the Guardian wrote.

It was sold at a Sotheby’s event in London following a near nine-minute battle between five collectors, the auction house said.

It fetched £7,551,600 against an expectation of between £3.5m-5m.

The painting is the second most expensive Banksy sold at auction, after the reclusive artist’s ‘Devolved Parliament’ sold for £9.9m last year.

‘Show Me the Monet’ forms part of a series titled Crude Oil, which “remixes” canonical works.

The series also includes Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers,’ wilting or dead in their vase, Edward Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks,’ confronted by an angry man in Union Jack boxer shorts.

Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, said: “In one of his most important paintings, Banksy has taken Monet’s iconic depiction of the Japanese bridge in the Impressionist master’s famous garden at Giverny and transformed it into a modern-day fly-tipping spot.

“More canal than idyllic lily pond, Banksy litters Monet’s composition with discarded shopping trollies and a fluorescent orange traffic cone.

“Ever prescient as a voice of protest and social dissent, here Banksy shines a light on society’s disregard for the environment in favor of the wasteful excesses of consumerism.”

 

 

   
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