Banksy continues to be one of the most highly sought after artists in the world, here we look at some of the most expensive artworks ever sold at auction.
SUBMERGED PHONE BOOTH (£722,500)
An old red phone box emerging from the ground and surrounded by pieces of pavement stone. Submerged Phone Booth “serves as a statement on the demise of what had once been an iconic presence in art, entertainment and society; renowned and quintessentially British, references ranging from Superman to The Beatles to Alfred Hitchcock, have strong associations with the object”, according to Phillips, New York.
Banksy’s Submerged Phone Booth is seen as a protest against the anonymity of modern society; dramatic, provocative and stimulating, yet retaining a sense of the indecisive that renders it particularly poignant and affecting.
KEEP IT SPOTLESS (£1.3million)
A Los Angeles hotel maid pulling up a defaced original Damien Hirst painting so as to sweep underneath it.
SIMPLE INTELLIGENCE TESTING (£636,500)
Canvas pictures of a chimp cracking safes to find bananas and escaping a testing laboratory.
HAPPY SHOPPER (£506,500)
Sculpture of a shopper laden with bags and studying a price tag, Banksy took a classic female museum statue and twisted it into a grim and sarcastic, in-your-face (anti)idol of consumerism.
GIRL WITH RED BALLOON (£500,000)
This piece of artwork had been on a wall in Shoreditch, East London, for a decade and chain-sawed off by the wall’s owner and sold.
A reinterpretation of the old Dutch master’s self portrait with the addition of attention grabbing, stick on eyes – in acrylic on canvas.
THINK TANK (£397,000)
Original artwork for the 2003 Blur album Think Tank. This spray painting, stenciled on steel, depicts a romantic couple wearing deep sea diving helmets, drinking wine and sitting at a restaurant table under a dripping pink colored heart.
VANDALISED PHONE BOX (£361,900)
A phone box with a pickaxe in its side, blood pooling underneath it – this piece divided Londoners, sparking a passionate debate about whether it is simply a case of vandalism or artistic visual commentary.
KISSING COPPERS (£350,000)
Created in 2004 on the side of the Prince Albert pub in Brighton. Vandalised and removed. This life-size, monochromatic stencil graffiti depicting a close relationship of two policemen, embracing and sensually kissing each other, was acquired by an anonymous buyer in 2014.
THE RUDE LORD (£320,900)
A portrait of the English painter Thomas Beach – ‘enhanced’ by Banksy with a rude hand gesture. Considered an example of how Banksy has corrupted traditional painting in the manner of the previously mentioned Rembrandt portrait.