11 Apr 2021
At the Rembrandt to Richter auction on the evening of 28 July at Sotheby's in London, the infamous street artist Banksy entered a triptych entitled Mediterranean Sea View, 2017.With an estimated value of £800,000 to £1.2 million, the final figure was £2.2 million, all of which will be donated to aid an acute stroke unit and buying children's rehabilitation equipment for the BASR hospital in Bethlehem. They triptych has been hanging in Banksy's Walled Off Hotels lobby in Bethlehem since 2017.Image courtesy from Getty images for Sotheby's
Image courtesy from Getty images for Sotheby's
The political paintings depict a traditional, romantic seascape which are littered with life jackets and lifebuoys that have been washed up on the shore. This highlights a dark reality and horrors that face fleeing migrants and highlights he European refugee crisis.Image courtesy from Getty images for Sotheby's
Without a doubt Banksy has his finger on the pulse of political and social issues. Using his platform to bring them to the forefront and to re-focus our attention is part of his artisticstrength.