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Banksy Is Cashing In On Post-Brexit

As his artwork goes to auction for six figures.

POSTEDBYGILEASA EBRAHIM

Over three years after the European Referendum vote was carried out in Britain, they have left the EU on the 31st January 2020. If there’s one person that will be cashing in post-brexit it’s Banksy, as his Brexit-themed artwork will go to auction.

Despite his identity being anonymous, Banksy originally submitted the piece “Vote to Love“ under the pseudonym Bryan S. Gaakman in 2018. It was submitted to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition and was rejected for its simplicity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Open to second chances, the co-ordinator of the event Grayson Perry later contacted Banksy to resubmit the piece under his own name. Making a name for yourself matters here as the piece did eventually feature in the show, valued at approximately $455 million USD. The same amount stated by the Vote Leave campaign that Brexit would generate for the NHS. They later retracted this claim but it's ironic nonetheless.

Now, following the finalization of Brexit, the piece will go to auction on February 11th at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction. The piece has “striking simplicity and raw immediacy” according to the listing details. But hold up! Wasn’t that same “simplicity” that saw it being rejected before it was announced to be the work of the famous Banksy. The inner workings of the art world hey?

 

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