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    A Banksy Record

    Banksy Sets Auction Record With Chimpanzees in Parliament
    By Katya Kazakina (Bloomberg)
    October 4, 2019




    "Devolved Parliament" Source: Sotheby’s

    A painting depicting members of the British Parliament as chimpanzees sold Thursday for 9.88 million pounds ($12.2 million), shattering an auction record for the mischievous street artist known as Banksy.

    Bidding for the 14-foot-wide painting, titled “Devolved Parliament,” lasted 13 minutes before the hammer fell at Sotheby’s evening auction of contemporary art. The work, acquired by Sotheby’s Emma Baker for an anonymous client, had a presale estimate of 1.5 million to 2 million pounds.

    The sale smashed Banksy’s previous auction record of 1.04 million pounds set last year when another of his paintings, “Girl With Balloon,” famously self-destructed. A shredding device installed within the piece was remotely activated after the final bid had been accepted.
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    Subtle

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    Yeah... I'm no art critic but that seems a bit on the nose to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    I'm no art critic
    I'll pretend I'm one.



    What do you think of this piece Luigi?


    It's shit.

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    If I'd bought it, I'd be sure to check the picture frame first for shredding machines or plastic explosive.

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    ^^That's pretty much what I think, I was just trying to be all classy and pretentious and art criticy and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    another of his paintings, “Girl With Balloon,” famously self-destructed. A shredding device installed within the piece was remotely activated after the final bid had been accepted.
    Would be quite a troll if it comes out that Banksy had nothing to do with painting this, but bought it for a fiver in Camden market.

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    probably bought by a Brexit supporter,

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
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    ...as a brick.

    Possibly the least interesting work he's ever done.

    So hackneyed that it's hard to believe it's by him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Possibly the least interesting work he's ever done.

    So hackneyed that it's hard to believe it's by him.
    Completely agree.

    Wouldn't be surprised if the gag is that it isn't.

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