Possibly the most provocative artist of our time, Banksy, is again making headlines, but this time, there’s no controversy involved. The British artist’s 2009 work Devolved Parliament is set to become his most expensive work when it goes under the gavel on the evening of October 3 in London. The sale comes a year after one of his most famous artwork, Girl with Balloon, auto-destructed when the hammer came down at the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London.
The 13-foot long artwork was a dystopian view of the UK’s House of Commons with its members replaced by chimpanzees. It was described as “potent and poignant, bold and brash” and “a premonitory insight into the increasingly tumultuous face of politics in contemporary Britain.” As we seen from the recent parliamentary sessions in U.K., Devolved Parliament is indeed “a premonitory insight into the increasingly tumultuous face of politics in contemporary Britain.” Seriously, it is eerily accurate on Banksy’s part.
Anywho, the 2009 artwork was largely forgotten until it was put up on display to mark the original Brexit Day on March 31, 2019. Devolved Parliament is estimated to sell for between £1.5-2 million (around US$1.9-2.5 million) when it hit the block, potentially becoming the artist’s priciest artwork to date.
Currently, the most expensive artwork by the artist is Keep it Spotless which was taken off the block at $1,870,000 at Sotheby’s New York back in 2008.