Banksy’s reimagining of Monet smashes expectations at auction

Banksy's reimagining of Claude Monet's Impressionist water lilies has fetched more than £7.5 million at auction, easily surpassing expectations.

Show Me The Monet was created in 2005 and adds abandoned shopping trolleys and a traffic cone to the famous garden scene.

It was sold at a Sotheby's event in London on Wednesday following a near nine-minute battle between five collectors, the auction house said.

It fetched £7,551,600 against an expectation of between £3.5-5 million.

The painting is the second most expensive Banksy sold at auction, after the reclusive artist's Devolved Parliament sold for £9.9 million last year.

Show Me The Monet forms part of a series titled Crude Oil, which "remixes" canonical works.

The series also includes Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers wilting or dead in their vase, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks confronted by an angry man in Union Jack boxer shorts and Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe re-faced with Kate Moss.

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Nottingham resident Paris Hendrix takes a photograph of graffiti artwork, now confirmed to be the work of street artists Banksy, on a side of a property at Rothesay AVenue and Ilkeston Road, Nottingham. The artwork depicts a young girl playing with a tyre and is painted on a wall near to an abandoned bicycle that is missing a wheel.
File photo dated 15/10/20 of graffiti artwork, which has been confirmed as the work of street artist Banksy. The artwork, on a side of a property at Rothesay Avenue and Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, depicts a young girl playing with a tyre and is painted on a wall near to an abandoned bicycle that is missing a wheel.
Nottingham residents take their photograph next to graffiti artwork, now confirmed to be the work of street artist Banksy, on a side of a property at Rothesay AVenue and Ilkeston Road, Nottingham. The artwork depicts a young girl playing with a tyre and is painted on a wall near to an abandoned bicycle that is missing a wheel.
Embargoed until 13:30 BST Friday September 18 2020. Banksy's 'Show me the Monet' on display at Sotheby's in Central London, UK on September 18, 2020. Banksy's contemporary take on Claude Monet's depiction of the Japanese bridge in his garden at Giverny will be part of Sotheby's live-streamed auction on October 21, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Embargoed to 1330 Friday September 18 A visitor looks at Banksy's 'Show me the Monet' on display at Sotheby's in central London. Banksy's contemporary re-interpretation of Claude Monet's depiction of the Japanese bridge in his garden at Giverny will be part of Sotheby's live-streamed auction on 21st October, 2020.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Art Buff, a painting by street artist Banksy, is re-installed on Folkestone's Old High Street, as Creative Folkestone announces a new art project called The Plinth � placing 10 vacant plinths in various locations around the seaside town and inviting residents and visitors to use them to display their artistic talents.
Southampton General Hospital handout photo of recording radiographer Humphrey Hardless viewing the new artwork painted by Banksyduring lockdown, entitled Game Changer, which has gone on display on Level C at the hospital.
A member of staff takes a photograph of the new artwork painted by Banksy during lockdown, entitled 'Game Changer', which has gone on display to staff and patients on Level C of Southampton General Hospital.
NOTE IMAGE CONTAINS SWEAR WORD A Banksy work of art on the side of a house on Marsh Lane, Barton Hill, Bristol, which has been vandalised with pink spray paint, the day after it was confirmed on Valentine's Day.
A woman photographs Banksy's Girl with a Pierced Eardrum mural, who has been given a face mask in a nod to the coronavirus pandemic, at Hanover Place in Bristol, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A new work of art on the side of a house on Marsh Lane, Barton Hill, Bristol, which is thought to be by street artist Banksy. The black and white stencil of a girl with a catapult and the paint splat, made of roses and plastic flowers, is in the style of Banksy, but has yet to be confirmed as being the work of the artist. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 13, 2020. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A new work of art on the side of a house on Marsh Lane, Barton Hill, Bristol, which is thought to be by street artist Banksy. The black and white stencil of a girl with a catapult and the paint splat, made of roses and plastic flowers, is in the style of Banksy, but has yet to be confirmed as being the work of the artist.
A staff member views Banksy's painting titled Vote to Love (Est �400,000 - �700,000) at the preview of Sotheby's Contemporary Art. The auction will take place at Sotheby's in central London on 11 and 12 February 2020. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A staff member walks in front of Banksy's painting titled Vote to Love (Est �400,000 - �700,000) (L), Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting titled Rubber (Est. �6-�8 million) (C) and Kerry James Marshall's painting titled Draw Me (Est�1.5 - �2 million) (R) at the preview of Sotheby's Contemporary Art. The auction will take place at Sotheby's in central London on 11 and 12 February 2020. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Banksy's works on exhibition at the Palazzo delle Arti in Napoli, an exhibition dedicated to the underground art movement of street art which will be held until February 16, 2020. (Photo by Paola Visone/Pacific Press/Sipa USA)
Workmen use perspex sheeting to protect a new Banksy artwork in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter after it was vandalised days after it first appeared. The mural depicts two reindeer painted onto a brick wall appearing to pull along a bench.
Workmen use perspex sheeting to protect a new Banksy artwork in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter after it was vandalised days after it first appeared. The mural depicts two reindeer painted onto a brick wall appearing to pull along a bench.
A toddler's counting toy, where children are encouraged to load wooden migrant figures inside a haulage truck, that is amongst the merchandise in Gross Domestic Product, a homeware store that is being launched in South London by the graffiti artist Banksy.
Merchandise in Gross Domestic Product, a homeware store that is being launched in South London by the graffiti artist Banksy.
A member of the public has her picture taken outside Gross Domestic Product, a homeware store that is being launched in South London by the graffiti artist Banksy.
Merchandise in Gross Domestic Product, a homeware store that is being launched in South London by the graffiti artist Banksy.
Merchandise in Gross Domestic Product, a homeware store that is being launched in South London by the graffiti artist Banksy.
Sotheby�s technicians are seen in front of Banksy painting 'Dystopian, View of The House of Commons at London Sotheby's. The painting will be auctioned next month and is estimated at GBP1.5 to GBP2 million. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Martha Swabey from Fine Art Restoration Company cleaning the artwork before a protective case is placed around the Banksy mural, which appeared following Extinction Rebellion climate change protests on Marble Arch, London, to preserve it for the future.
Employee from the auction house Christie's with a version of �Girl with Balloon� by anonymous street artist Banksy, near one of the locations the artwork originally appeared on the Southbank in London. The picture is due to be sold in an online auction, �Banksy: I can't believe you Morons actually buy this sh*t� which will take place from 11 to 24 September.
A man seen taking a selfie with a painting during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A woman seen taking photos of a painting during the exhibition 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Visitors seen looking at a painting during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A woman seen making hand gestures in front of a painting of 'Girl with a balloon' during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A painting of 'Girl with a balloon' seen during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
New Banksy 'masterpiece' on a wall in Marble Arch. A new piece of 'Banksy' artwork left after the Extinction Rebellion protesters left Marble Arch last week could be worth �1 million. If genuine - and art experts claim it is definitely him - it could sell for around �1million, but only if it can be removed. Westminster Council have now placed a protective perspex plate over the piece of street art as it had already been the subject of some defacement with red and blue writing and a yellow 'smiley' leaflet stuck to the wall. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Calvin Benson, 48, puts a protective plastic sheeting over an artwork which appears to be by street artist Banksy. The environmental artwork has appeared near the Extinction Rebellion camp in Marble Arch, London.
An artwork which appears to be by street artist Banksy has appeared near the former location of the Extinction Rebellion camp in Marble Arch, London.
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
Artwork by street artist Banksy, which has appeared on a garage wall in Taibach, Port Talbot, south Wales. The painting appeared overnight and shows a child playing in the falling ash and smoke from a fire in a skip.
Artwork by street artist Banksy, which has appeared on a garage wall in Taibach, Port Talbot, south Wales. The painting appeared overnight and shows a child playing in the falling ash and smoke from a fire in a skip.
Metal fencing protects an artwork by street artist Banksy, which has appeared on a garage wall in Taibach, Port Talbot, south Wales. The painting appeared overnight and shows a child playing in the falling ash and smoke from a fire in a skip.
Visitors view Banksy's artwork tilted Love is in the Bin - previously known as - Girl with Balloon at Sotheby's Auction House in London, UK on October 13, 2018. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Visitors view Banksy's artwork tilted Love is in the Bin - previously known as - Girl with Balloon at Sotheby's Auction House in London, UK on October 13, 2018. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
New murals by graffiti artist Banksy seen on September 18, 2017 on a wall near the Barbican Centre in London, UK.The work mark the opening of an exhibition by New York graffiti artist turned painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
New murals by graffiti artist Banksy seen on September 18, 2017 on a wall near the Barbican Centre in London, UK.The work mark the opening of an exhibition by New York graffiti artist turned painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
A man takes a photo of one of two new murals painted by the artist Banksy near the Barbican Centre in London. The works mark the opening of an exhibition by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at the arts venue.
A view of a mural by artist Banksy of a workman removing a star from the EU flag which appeared yesterday near the ferry terminal in Dover, Kent.
A woman takes a photo of one of two new murals painted by the artist Banksy near the Barbican Centre in London. The works mark the opening of an exhibition by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at the arts venue.
A Banksy mural which was painted on the side of one of the classrooms at Bridge Farm Primary in Bristol during half-term.
A Banksy signature on a mural which was painted on the side of one of the classrooms at Bridge Farm Primary in Bristol during half-term.
Artwork on Moore Street which is claimed to be by world-renowned artist Banksy. Leading street artist and activist Will St Leger has dismissed these claims.
Workmen cover up, for the second time, a new artwork by Banksy, depicting the girl from Les Misérables affected by tear gas, opposite the French embassy in Knightsbridge, London.
A new artwork by Banksy, depicting the girl from Les Misérables affected by tear gas, opposite the French embassy in Knightsbridge, London.
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Alex Branczik, Sotheby's European head of contemporary art, said: "In one of his most important paintings, Banksy has taken Monet's iconic depiction of the Japanese bridge in the Impressionist master's famous garden at Giverny and transformed it into a modern-day fly-tipping spot.

"More canal than idyllic lily pond, Banksy litters Monet's composition with discarded shopping trollies and a fluorescent orange traffic cone.

"Ever prescient 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."

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