A reimagined Monet painting by Banksy is going up for auction — and it could go for an impressively high price.
According to Hypebeast, Sotheby’s is auctioning Banksy‘s "Show Me the Monet" painting in October. The painting is inspired by Claude Monet’s serene "The Water Lily Pond," which is changed by Banksy to include traffic cones and shopping carts laying in the water. The piece sends a message about human’s destructive power over nature.
“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,” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, to The Guardian. “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.”
The work debuted in 2005 as part of Banksy’s “Crude Oils: A Gallery of Re-mixed Masterpieces, Vandalism and Vermin” exhibition in London, Hypebeast reported. Other paintings by renowned artists were subversively reimagined and changed, including Vincent van Gogh’s "Sunflowers" and Andy Warhol’s "Marilyn Monroe."
Banksy’s "Show Me the Monet" is currently displayed at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, and will travel to New York and Hong Kong before returning to the UK to go up for auction next month, according to Hypebeast. Unless you’re an art collector, this next month may be the last time the public can view the piece.
According to Hypebeast, the pre-sale estimate is between £3 million and £5 million GBP (around $3.8 million and 6.4 million USD). While six million dollars sounds like a staggering amount of money, it’s nowhere near the highest-selling painting by Banksy to be sold at auction. The elusive artist sold his work, "Devolved Parliament," for £9.9 million GBP (about $12.6 million USD) in 2019, Complex reported.
The auction will take place on Oct. 21 at Sotheby’s in London.
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