Banksy artwork sells for almost US$10M at auction
Banksy's 'Show Me The Monet' at Sotheby's auction house in London, on Oct. 16, 2020. (Alastair Grant / AP)
LONDON -- Banksy's playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold at auction for 7.6 million pounds (US$9.8 million). It's the second-highest price ever paid for a work by the British street artist.
"Show Me the Monet" sold to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby's in London on Wednesday evening. In the 2005 work, Banksy added abandoned shopping carts and an orange traffic cone to Claude Monet's image of water lilies in his garden.
Alex Branczik, Sotheby's European head of contemporary art, said the work was one of the "strongest and most iconic" Banksy works to appear at auction. Banksy began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world's best-known artists.