The street artist Banksy’s irreverent remix of Claude Monet’s famous images of a Japanese bridge crossing over a water lily-filled pond in his garden in Giverny will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in London next month.
Show me the Monet, painted in 2005, immediately evokes Monet’s famous water lilies, but is filled with jarring images of upside-down shopping carts and a traffic cone bobbing in the water. Sotheby’s will sell the oil-on-canvas work for an estimate between $3.9 million to $6.5 million at a live-streamed auction in London on Oct. 21.
“He is the master of the visual one liner,” says Alex Branczik , Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art. Banksy’s “subversion is done in a way that’s humorous,” Branczik says, yet it “can pass off quite serious and powerful messages.”
By offering this iconic Banksy work at auction next month, Sotheby’s is continuing a tradition started two years ago when it sold Girl with Balloon, which became Love is in the Bin, after it spontaneously shredded when the hammer went down.