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$90,000-$150,000 VALUE (EST.)
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¥420,000-¥680,000 VALUE (EST.)
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$480,000-$770,000 VALUE (EST.)
¥8,070,000-¥12,920,000 VALUE (EST.)
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Signed Print Edition of 150
H 56cm x W 76cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|June 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Morons - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Morons - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's New York - United States||Morons - Signed Print|
|December 2021||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||Morons - Signed Print|
|April 2021||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Morons - Signed Print|
|March 2021||International Art Centre - New Zealand||Morons - Signed Print|
|January 2021||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Morons - Signed Print|
Banksy's 2007 screen-print Morons critiques art elitism by replacing Van Gogh's Sunflowers, sold for £22.5m, with a sign reading "I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU MORONS ACTUALLY BUY THIS SHIT." The print, signed and limited to 150, highlights the absurdity of art world wealth and includes a meta-comment on Banksy's own buyers.
This largely monochromatic screen print in Banksy’s signature style portrays an auction room full of people in suits bidding for a number of artworks, including one in a gold frame (the only colour in the image) that reads, ‘I can’t believe you morons actually buy this shit’. This artwork first appeared on Banksy’s website following a record-breaking auction result for one of his canvases. It was released as an unsigned edition in white and gold at the artist’s exhibition Barely Legal in LA in 2006 - Morons (LA Edition) . Morons is an example of Banksy’s unapologetic critiques on the extraordinarily high prices of his, and many other artists’ artworks pointing a mocking finger at their buyers.
Banksy’s relationship with the art market is notoriously controversial, which is precisely why he is so successful. The artist has expressed similarly critical opinions of the art world’s commercialism through public pranks such as the famous incident in 2008 at Sotheby’s auction of Girl With Balloon, which, after the hammer struck down at a record price, ceremoniously shredded itself in front of the audience.
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