“Mediterranean Sea View” sold for 2,235,000 GBP at Sotheby’s. 28 July 2020

Banksy’s take on the refugee crisis went for 2,235,000 GBP including buyer’s premium at Sotheby’s “Rembrandt to Richter” auction, which was more than double the initial estimate. The selling party was ABCD Bethlehem – a Palestinian charity, after receiving the piece as a donation from Banksy. The information sheet for the lot continues:  “All proceeds will go towards building a new acute stroke unit and purchasing children’s rehabilitation equipment for BASR hospital in Bethlehem.” 

The triptych has been on display at Walled Off Hotel since the opening in March 2017. Due to the corona situation, the hotel remains closed until further notice. The question is whether the hotel will open again or if the sale marks the beginning of the end for the iconic hotel. Hopefully not. See previous post: The Walled Off Hotel. Palestine, March 2017.

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Photograph: Sotheby’s

 

 

Banksy designs stab-proof vest for Stormzy. 28 June 2019.

Banksy comments the knife stabbing epidemic with a stab-proof vest for Croydon-born superstar Stormzy to wear at his headlining act at Glastonbury.

In his own words:

“I made a customised stab-proof vest and thought – who could possibly wear this? Stormzy at Glastonbury.”

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Photo: Banksy’s Instagram

Installation at Royal Academy of Arts. 11 June 2019.

Banksy’s take on Brexit is well known as we have seen in three pieces during the last two years. The first being the big mural in Dover, unveiled on 7 May 2017. The second piece was the contribution to last year’s summer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts with the “Vote to Love”. And this year, Banksy is back at the RAA summer exhibition with an “Archway salvaged from Heathrow Airport”.

Photo: Banksy’s Instagram