AN oil painting by Banksy paying tribute to a Claude Monet masterpiece sold in London Wednesday, October 21, for £7.6million.
The incredible price achieved by Sotheby’s for Show Me the Monet is the second-highest yet for the mystery British street artist.
Five collectors pushed the winning bid over the estimate of up to £5million.
Created in 2005, the painting transforms Monet’s Water Lily Pond into a fly-tipping spot.
The artist’s identity remains a mystery as his works have begun to attract increasingly high sums at auction. Meanwhile, he continues to use his art in stunts that generate huge publicity.
‘Ever-present 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,’ said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European Head of Contemporary Art.