STREET artist Banksy’s reimagining of Monet’s Water Lilies is to be auctioned for between £3million and £5million.
He added abandoned shopping trolleys and a traffic cone to the Impressionist’s original for his 2005 painting Show Me The Monet.
The oil-on-canvas work will be auctioned in a live-streamed event at Sotheby’s in central London on October 21.
It formed part of a series entitled Crude Oil, which “remixes” masterpieces.
The series also includes Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers wilting or dead in their vase, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks confronted by an angry man in Union Jack boxer shorts, and Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe re-faced with Kate Moss.
Helena Newman of Sotheby’s called the Banksy piece a “tongue-in-cheek mark on what has been held up by generations as an icon of Western art history”.
"Long considered the apogee of impressionism, Claude Monet's instantly recognisable portrayal of the Japanese bridge at Giverny was a scene the artist returned to in the last three decades of his life.
CORONA CURBSBrits 'face 6 MONTHS of restrictions' as Boris says second wave ‘inevitable’
ON THE BRINKEngland faces lockdown in days as cases double and Nightingale ward on standby
HOLIDAY TRAGEDYMum, 33, found dead on holiday from alcohol poisoning after 'drink session'
'WORST NIGHTMARE'Newborn mauled to death by 'jealous' dog who escaped from pen, says uncle
LONDON LOCKDOWNSadiq Khan warns it's ‘increasingly likely’ London will see covid lockdown
NAZI PIECE OF WORKMidlands man sparks fury by proudly flying swastika flag outside home
"Residing in the world's most esteemed collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York and London's National Gallery, only one or two of these fabled works are left in private hands.
"They are, for many collectors, the holy grail - the sort of work a serious collector will live in hope of acquiring.
"And here we see Banksy take ownership of that, by putting a tongue-in-cheek mark on what has been held up by generations as an icon of Western art history."
GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected]