A work of art by the famous British street artist Banksy parodying a masterpiece by Claude Monet was auctioned in London at Sotheby's for 7,6 million pounds sterling on October 21. This result for a major work by the artist is the second highest at an auction.
The work is an oil on canvas entitled Show Me the Monet. This is a modern and revisited version of Claude Monet's impressionist masterpiece, Les Nymphéas.
Banksy's work was hammered home for £ 7 (551 EUR) after a long battle where five collectors fought for almost ten minutes to push the final price well beyond his estimate of 600 to £ 8,371,529.79million.
Show Me the Monet was produced in 2005. Banksy transformed Monet's masterpiece, depicting a Japanese-style bridge in his famous Giverny garden, into a caddy dump. Instead of a pond idyllic with water lilies, Banksy's composition shows us shopping trolleys from supermarkets that are thrown into them and an orange and fluorescent traffic cone floating in the water under the bridge.
"Always prescient as a voice of protest and social dissent, Banksy here highlights the contempt of society for the environment in favor of unnecessary excesses of consumerism" said Alex Branczik (Head of Contemporary Art, Europe).
The precise identity of the most recognized street artist of his generation remains shrouded in mystery as his artworks begin to accumulate higher and higher auction results.