As relevant as ever, Banksy’s Brexit-themed artwork is going on auction at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction (February 11) estimated for £400,000 to £600,000.
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. I entered an early version of this into the RA summer exhibition under the pseudonym Bryan S Gaakman – an anagram of ‘banksy anagram’. It was refused. Then a month later I got a mail from the co-ordinator Grayson Perry asking me to submit something so I sent it again. It’s now hanging in gallery 3.
Previously Banksy submitted the work to the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition under the pseudonym Bryan S Gaakman, but The Brexit-themed piece appropriately entitled Vote to Love was promptly rejected. After the exhibition’s coordinator Grayson Perry contacted Banksy for some artwork, he resubmitted it under his own name and got it into the show.
The Sotheby’s listing details it as “spray paint on UKIP placard mounted on board” with “striking simplicity and raw immediacy”. Among others on the auction, there will be works by David Hockney, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yves Klein, and Maurizio Cattelan, last year’s Art Basel Miami shocker.