A painting by British masked artist Banksy, a member of the British Parliament looking like a chimpanzee, was sold for £ 987,500 (about 1.3 billion yen) at the auction of the auction giant Sotheby's. According to Sotheby's, it is about five times the expected winning price, which is the highest for Banksy.
The work is about 4 meters wide and is drawn on a canvas. There are many chimpanzees sitting in the House of Representatives. It is named “Devolved Parliament” and can mean “Delegated Parliament”, “Degenerate Parliament”, etc.
In the actual British Parliament, fierce offense and defense continue with the departure of the European Union. It was drawn in 2009, but Sotheby's pointed out before the bidding that "There is no doubt that this work will be the most suitable now, regardless of how you think about withdrawal."
The owner lent his work to an art museum in Bristol, southwestern England, where Banksy was born, and the work was displayed in time for the initial EU withdrawal deadline at the end of March this year. Banksy posted on Instagram last night “It ’s a record price. It ’s a pity that I did n’t own it.” (London = Kayoko Shimoji)