Sunday, 22 October 2006

Banksy's Global Presence!

Banksy - Kate Moss in the style of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe seriesOn Friday, UK guerrilla artist Banksy set an auction record in London when his set of six silk-screen prints of Kate Moss, painted in the style of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe pictures, fetched £50,400. Er ... record? In the art market? Yes! The set of prints sold for five times its estimated value. That's the record. Sotheby's estimates aren't usually this far out. A Sotheby’s spokeswoman burbled, "It's quite sensational to go over five times the low estimate ... we'll be seeing a lot more of Banksy as he seems to be building up a global presence." Global presence, eh? But why do an Andy Warhol on Kate Moss, apart from the dosh? She's no Marilyn Monroe (I added the larger image on the left to show you). And it's not funny. Come on, Bansky. Quit the imitations and let's have more gags.


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