BANKSY’s ‘Love is in the bin’ is expected to sell for up to £ 6million on October 14.
Here are the rest of the elusive artist’s most cherished works of art.
Game Changer – £ 16.8million
Banksy’s Game Changer raised £ 16,758,000 for the NHS during its sale at Christie’s 20th Century Art Night Sale in London on March 23, 2021 – exactly one year after the UK’s first nationwide lockdown .
The price started at £ 1.6million and skyrocketed as the 15-minute bidding battle unfolded, with the work ultimately selling for nearly seven times its low estimate of 2, £ 5million.
Banksy donated the painting to Southampton General Hospital in May 2020, in recognition of the tireless work of frontline workers during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
A reproduction of Game changer is now hanging in the same place in the hospital.
Banksy’s satirical painting of the House of Commons overrun by chimpanzees was sold at Sotheby’s Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale for £ 9.9million on October 3, 2019.
Decentralized Parliament – £ 9.9million
Stretching four meters wide, Devolved Parliament was painted in 2009 and had a presale estimate of just £ 1.5-2million.
The artist responded to the result by posting on his Instagram a quote from art critic Robert Hughes that included the line: “But the price of a work of art is now part of its function.
“Her new job is to sit on the wall and get more expensive” with the comment “Record price for a set of Banksy paintings at auction tonight. Too bad I haven’t owned it yet.”
Love is in the air – £ 9.2million
This Love is in the Air painting hit the headlines before its sale at Sotheby’s in New York on May 12, 2021.
It was the first physical artwork sold at auction where the buyer had the option of paying in bitcoin, ether, or US dollars.
It was ultimately sold for £ 9.2million. Sotheby’s announced a day after the sale that they were accepting payment in cryptocurrency for the painting.
Show me the Monet – £ 7.5million
At £ 7,551,600, Show Me The Monet became the second most expensive piece of art to ever be auctioned at its Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction in London on October 21, 2020.
Banksy wrote in 2005, the year he made the painting, that “the real damage to our environment is not caused by graffiti artists and drunken teens, but by big business.
“Exactly the people who put pictures of landscapes framed in gold on their walls and try to tell us how to behave.”
Forgive us our intrusion – £ 6.3million
Forgive us our intrusion from 2011 sold to an anonymous Asian collector for HK $ 64.1million (£ 6.3million) after an eight-minute auction battle at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on October 4, 2020.
At 7m tall, the painting is one of Banksy’s largest known canvases and is a rework of his 2010 graffiti painting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Banksy invited more than 100 students from the City of Angels School in Los Angeles to help tag the graffiti-covered stained glass windows in the artwork.
Subject to availability – £ 4.6million
On this peaceful landscape of Mount Rainier National Park in Seattle, painted by German-American artist Albert Bierstadt in 1890, Banksy captioned in lowercase at the bottom of the work: “* subject to availability for a limited time only” .
He refers to a dark humor commentary given that Mount Rainier is still an active volcano.