Banksy take on Monet masterpiece sells for £7.6 million

Brenda Watkins
October 26, 2020

The work, titled Show Me the Monet, sold to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby's in London on Wednesday evening, significantly more than its upper pre-sale estimate of £5 million ($6.5 million).

The sale comes a year after a Banksy painting depicting the British parliament populated by chimpanzees smashed the record for the street artist by fetching almost £9.9 million.

According to a Sotheby's statement, Show Me The Money "presents a dialogue on the impact of the corporate world on our environment and the sacrifices made at the expense of so-called "human progress"."

Alex Branzik, European head of Sotheby's in contemporary art, says: "In one of his most important paintings, Banksy took a figurative image of Monet, the bridge of Japan, in the famous garden of the Impressionist master of the Givarni and transformed it into modern-day fly-tipping".

A staff member at Sotheby's auction house in London views Banksy's "Show Me The Monet".

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"Show Me the Monet" was created in 2005, as part of a collection called "The Crude Oils" and had first been shown publicly in only Banksy's second gallery exhibition. Banksy's effort is said to be based on the iconic Monet work "The Water-Lily Pond" but, in typical Banksy style, he has reimagined the scene with that of flytipping with abandoned shopping trolleys and a traffic cone.

"Recent years have seen seminal Banksys come to auction, but this is one of his strongest, and most iconic, to appear yet", he added.

This Banksy could also be trashy - but it surely fetched virtually $10 million.

Banksy's "Show Me The Monet" interpretation of Claude Monet's water lily painting has certainly lived up to its name by selling for more than £7.5m at an auction earlier this week.

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