Three paintings by the British street artist Banksy on the crisis with migrants in Europe were sold in London on Tuesday for £2.23 million ($2.9 million). This is reported by the auction house Sotheby’s, publishing the results of the auction “From Rembrandt to Richter” in London on July 28.
The preliminary estimate of the triptych called “View of the Mediterranean Sea, 2017” was from £800 thousand to £1.2 million ($1-1.5 million). The artist has reworked three oil paintings in the style of the Romantic era, depicting rough seascapes, while adding modern life jackets and circles.
On July 26, the BBC reported that these landscapes were previously hung in the lobby of a hotel that Banksy opened in 2017 near the wall separating Israel and Palestine. Funds from the sale of the paintings will be used to buy equipment and to equip a hospital in Bethlehem in the West Bank.
Banksy is the most famous street artist. In his works, he draws attention to important social and political topics against politics, war and capitalism. So far the identity of the artist has not been revealed, there are many versions of the one who hides behind a creative pseudonym.