Banksy’s Parliament Painting Is On Sale Next Month, And Bidders Aren’t Monkeying Around

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The latest Banksy work to go under the hammer seems all too relevant right now…

Got a spare £2 million lying around? Banksy’s painting of MP chimpanzees in the House of Commons is to go on auction this week, and is expected to sell for the biggest sum ever for one of Banksy’s works! (Featured photo credit: Banksy / sothebys.com)

The Bristol street artist painted ‘Devolved Parliament’ a decade ago, but it seems the painting’s relevance in the country’s current political turmoil could see him beat his record sale. The oil painting was displayed in Bristol Museum in March to mark the initial ‘Brexit Day’ (still yet to happen, for those somehow not abreast of developments).

In an Instagram post of the painting at the time, Banksy’s caption read: ‘“Laugh now, but one day no-one will be in charge.”’

The world’s most renowned street artist has also been creating murals more recently, making political statements about other areas of global tension… or so we think.

Suspiciously Banksy-Esque Mural in Marble Arch. (Photo: @amityyy)

‘Devolved Parliament’ will be on display for the first time in the capital from September 28 to October 3. You’ll find it at Sotheby’s Auction House, in the same room where Banksy shocked us all last year, as his art shredded itself just moments after it was sold.


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. “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge” – Picasso

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It was suitably renamed ‘Love is in the Bin.’ This time, the ‘Devolved Parliament’ painting is expected to hear the hammer at an estimated £1.5-2 million! That is, if buyers aren’t too scared of what will happen post-sale…

Predictions suggest the sale could top the artist’s current auction record, which came after ‘Keep It Spotless’ sold for £1.87 million in New York back in 2008.

‘Keep It Spotless’. (Credit: Banksy / eddiedangerous)

The winning bidder will become the proud new owner of Banksy’s largest known canvas, which measures 13 ft across… granted it doesn’t shred, vanish, combust, or leave the EU altogether.

Location: Sothebys Bookshop, 34-35 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 2RT. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours, Entry and More Information: contact the venue here.
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