BANKSY’S Love Is In The Bin has been tipped to sell for up to £6million on October 14.
Here’s the rest of the elusive artist’s most expensive artworks.
Game Changer – £16.8million
Banksy’s Game Changer raised £16,758,000 for the NHS when it was sold at Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening Sale in London on March 23, 2021 – exactly one year after the UK’s first national lockdown.
The price started at £1.6million and skyrocketed as the 15-minute bidding battle unfolded, with the work eventually selling for almost seven times its £2.5million low estimate.
Banksy had donated the painting to Southampton General Hospital in May 2020, in recognition for the front-line workers’ tireless work during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
A reproduction of Game Changer now hangs in the same place at the hospital.
Devolved Parliament – £9.9million
Banksy’s satirical painting of the House of Commons invaded by chimpanzees sold in the Sotheby’s Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale for £9.9million on October 3, 2019.
Spanning a huge 4 metres in width, Devolved Parliament was painted in 2009 and had a pre-sale estimate of just £1.5–2million.
The artist reacted to the result by posting a quote on his Instagram from art critic Robert Hughes which included the line: “But the price of a work of art is now part of its function.
“Its new job is to sit on the wall and get more expensive’ along with the comment, ‘Record price for a Banksy painting set at auction tonight. Shame I didn’t still own it’.”
Love Is In The Air – £9.2million
This canvas of Love Is In The Air made headlines ahead of its sale at Sotheby’s in New York on May 12 2021.
It was the first physical artwork sold at auction where the buyer had the option to pay in bitcoin, ether or US dollars.
It eventually sold for £9.2million.
Sotheby’s announced a day after the sale that they accepted a cryptocurrency payment for the painting.
Show Me The Monet – £7.5million
At £7,551,600, Show Me The Monet became the second most expensive artwork ever sold at auction when it sold at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on October 21, 2020.
Banksy had written in 2005, the year he made the painting, that the “real damage done to our environment is not done by graffiti writers and drunken teenagers, but by big business.
“Exactly the people who put gold-framed pictures of landscapes on their walls and try to tell the rest of us how to behave”.
Forgive Us Our Trespassing- £6.3million
Forgive Us Our Trespassing from 2011 sold to an anonymous Asian collector for HK$64.1 million (£6.3 million) after an eight-minute bidding battle at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on 4 October 2020.
At 7m tall, the painting is among Banksy’s largest known canvases and is a reworking of his 2010 graffiti painting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Banksy invited over 100 students from Los Angeles’ City of Angels school to help tag the piece’s graffiti-covered stained glass windows.
Subject To Availability – £4.6million
On this peaceful landscape of Seattle’s Mount Rainier National Park, painted by German-American artist Albert Bierstadt in 1890, Banksy has captioned in tiny letters at the bottom of the artwork: “*subject to availability for a limited period only.”
It refers to a darkly humorous comment given that Mount Rainier is still an active volcano.