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Banksy “chimps” painting sells for record £10 million

A Banksy painting of chimps in the House of Commons has sold for £10 million.

It’s the highest sum ever paid for the street artist’s work.

“Devolved Parliament” went under the hammer after 13 minutes of fierce bidding at Sotheby’s in London.

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The picture, painted in 2009, had a price guide of £1.5 to £2 million.

The previous best price for a Banksy was £1.4 million.

Shortly after Devolved Parliament was sold, Banksy posted on Instagram:

“Record price for a Banksy painting set at auction tonight.

“Shame I didn’t still own it.

He added: “The price of a work of art is now part of its function, its new job is to sit on the wall and get more expensive.”

His post ended with the quote:

“Laugh now, but one day no-one will be in charge.”

 

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