Forbes Middle East

MAKING BANK ON BANKSY

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Whether you believe Banksy is the spiritual heir to Marcel Duchamp or the clown prince of art (or both), one thing is certain—his works consistent­ly bring high prices at auction. Last October, Bansky’s 2005 painting “Show Me the Monet” (below) sold for $9.9 million at Sotheby’s, the second-highest price ever realized for the anonymous British prankster’s work. (“Devolved Parliament” holds the record, selling for $12.1 million the year before.) The irony that collectors have sent his prices soaring isn’t lost on the anticapita­list artist. On March 16, Christie’s will offer some of Banksy’s bestknown screenprin­ts for sale, and the title of the auction— a nod to a 2007 work—once again sends a message to the art world:

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