Banksy’s 'Mediterranean Sea View' Triptych Fetches Over $2 Million USD at Auction

All proceeds will go to the BASR hospital in Bethlehem.

By
Arts
5,149 Hypes 4 Comments

Sotheby’s London recently auctioned off a 2017 triptych by Banksy called Mediterranean Sea View. The three paintings sold for £2.2m GBP (roughly $2.8 million USD) after a bidding war between two anonymous buyers. The final sale is nearly double its original pre-sale estimate of £1.2m GBP (approximately $1.5 million USD) — marking the second-highest price ever for a work by the elusive British artist. All proceeds will go to purchase new rehabilitation equipment for children at the BASR hospital in Bethlehem and to create a new acute stroke unit at the facility.

The paintings were initially created for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem. They were hung in the lobby of the hotel since 2017. The works consist of three oil on canvas works portraying 19th century-style seascapes alongside abandoned lifejackets and buoys to shed light on the unfortunate deaths of thousands of refugees who have attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea amid the global migrant crisis.

:This work juxtaposes an historic fine art genre with grim contemporaneity,” described Sotheby’s in a statement. “Though posing as eighteenth or nineteenth-century paintings of the ‘Natural Sublime’, the present work undermines and subverts the viewer’s expectations to broach a difficult contemporary issue.”

The Sotheby’s sale also featured works by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Bridget Riley. Rembrandt’s self-portrait from 1632 sold for £14.5m GBP (approximately $19 million USD). In total, 70 lots were offered at the live-streamed auction.

In other art stories, David Zwirner just launched an online viewing room featuring new paintings by Kerry James Marshall that address Black erasure in art.

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

100 Users Online

What to Read Next

Nike ACG Debuts Fall 2020 "Mt.Fuji" Collection
Footwear

Nike ACG Debuts Fall 2020 "Mt.Fuji" Collection

Camo-patterned garments and footwear made to combat hot, wet weather, including a new Air Nasu silhouette.

This Minimalist Ski House Borders a Three-Million-Year-Old Volcano
Design

This Minimalist Ski House Borders a Three-Million-Year-Old Volcano

With an interior environment that reflects the unique building site.

NTWRK’s Transfer Festival Taps Sacai, Clot, READYMADE and more
Fashion 

NTWRK’s Transfer Festival Taps Sacai, Clot, READYMADE and more

Presented by NTWRK
Curated by Edison Chen, Futura and Zack Bia.


Rui Hachimura and G-SHOCK Drop Gold-Plated GST-B100RH Timepiece
Fashion

Rui Hachimura and G-SHOCK Drop Gold-Plated GST-B100RH Timepiece

The Washington Wizards rookie updated a G-STEEL series classic.

NBA's 76ers and Lapstone and Hammer Join NEEDLES for Asymmetrical Tracksuit
Fashion

NBA's 76ers and Lapstone and Hammer Join NEEDLES for Asymmetrical Tracksuit

Modeled by Allen Iverson himself.

New Era's Expansive "'One Piece' Cap Crew" Collection Honors Sanji and Zoro
Fashion

New Era's Expansive "'One Piece' Cap Crew" Collection Honors Sanji and Zoro

Along with some Buggy-themed golfing goods.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.