Banksy's re-working of the Claude Monet masterpiece The Waterlillies has beaten all expectations when it went to auction at Sotheby's in London on Wednesday.

Banksy’s re-working of the Claude Monet masterpiece The Waterlillies has beaten all expectations when it went to auction at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday.

Banksy’s rework of Monet classic smashes all expectations at auction: The re-imagined painting, called Show Me The Monet, was created in 2005 and depicts abandoned shopping trolleys and traffic cones added to the original masterpiece. Five bidders battled for nearly 10 minutes during the auction and it finally fetched £7,551,600 although the expectation at the start was much less, at £3.5 to 5 million.

The artist, who is a recluse, sold his Devolved Parliament painting last year for £9.9 million so this makes Show Me The Monet the second most expensive painting he has produced. It forms part of a series entitled Crude Oil and remixes canonical works. Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, Alex Branczik, 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 favour of the wasteful excesses of consumerism.”


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