Imagine being an elusive street art guru suddenly getting caught in the grips of a global lockdown. Yep, we’re talking Banksy. He too, just like a third of the global population, is staying home.
But while urban spaces and concrete canvases are no longer an option, the artist has found a domestic alternative to showcase his undisputable skill. And the bathroom doesn’t sound like the most inspiring place at first, but this guy proves us wrong. On April 15, Banksy posted a few images where hand-painted rats are seen wreaking havoc on the alleged artist’s bathroom like there’s no tomorrow. The caption of his Instagram post, which was liked 1.7 million times, reads: “My wife hates it when I work from home.” I mean, nothin’ personal, but I kinda feel her.
The British street artist posted some pictures of what his alleged bathroom looks like in the lockdown
Despite the coronavirus outbreak, Banksy’s art is still prevailing. Artnet News reported that the British artist made a whopping $1.4M in an online sale hosted by Sotheby’s, proving that people would buy Banksy under any circumstances. The final sale price exceeded an estimate of $839K to $1.2M. Surprisingly, or rather not, 47% of buyers were new to Sotheby’s and 30% of bidders were under 40 years old.
Banksy’s most expensive work sold to date was the massive chimp parliament painting named Devolved Parliament. It was sold for a startling $12M at Sotheby’s, which exceeded the high estimate of $2.47M by nearly five times. Artnet reports that laughter, seemingly representing both delight and disbelief, spread throughout the room during the nearly 13-minute bidding battle.
And this is how people reacted