The British graffiti artist Banksy has been getting a lot of media attention in recent months by painting elephants and tampering with Paris Hilton CDs. He pokes fun at fame and uses it to his advantage, which has been good for sales of his work.
A series of Kate Moss paintings in the style of Andy Warhol were sold at a Sotheby’s art auction for a record £50,400. Another work that uses Leonardo’s Mona Lisa sold for £57,600. They went for five times the auction estimates and more than doubled the previous high of Banksy.
Sotheby’s said “It’s quite sensational to go over five times the low estimate. I believe Kate Moss was happy about Banksy using her image in an iconic way” and “It’s not often we sell works with spray paints but we’ll be seeing a lot more of Banksy as he seems to be building up a global presence“. BBC