Sotheby’s v Banksy

By Maya MK

What do you get when you mix an old guard auction house (Sotheby’s, established in 1744-present) and a contemporary artist (Banksy, ?-present)? Outrageous behaviour in the sales room, on auction day. Equally as outrageous headlines in the press.

The art world is behaving like an embarrassed parent. The international media are completely lapping it up. Me? I’m speechless.

Some are calling the artist a sculptor. Others are calling him a fool. Whichever part of the spectrum of celebration or commiseration you’re on, one thing we can all agree is, this was totally unexpected.

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