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The identity of world-famous graffiti artist Banksy – who has been anonymous for decades – could finally be revealed in a court case. 

Despite creating enormously popular works, which have appeared across the world, he had always simply gone by the name of Banksy. 

However, his real identity could be unmasked at last following his company’s appearance in a court battle. 

But what exactly are his most famous pieces of work? How much is his esteemed collection worth? 

Read on below for a comprehensive list of Banksy’s most famous art work. 

Love is in the Bin (£18.6million)

Banksy’s Love is in the Bin (2018) is installed at Sotheby’s on September 3, 2021

Banksy’s most expensive piece of work, Love is in the Bin, is not actually a stand-alone piece of work, as it is half-shredded from another of his creations. 

Love is in the Bin was created from his famous Girl with Balloon stencil murals, which, as the name suggests, depicts a girl holding a love heart-shaped balloon. 

his Girl With Balloon attempted to self-destruct in London in 2018 immediately after being sold at an auction.

The canvas was passed through a secret shredder hidden in the large Victorian-style frame, leaving the bottom half in tatters and only a solitary red balloon left on a white background in the frame. 

In 2021, it sold for an £18.6million, almost three times its presale value. 

Game Changer (£16.8million)

A person walks past the new artwork painted by Banksy during lockdown, entitled ‘Game Changer’, which went on display to staff and patients on Level C of Southampton General Hospital

Game Changer emerged at Southampton Hospital in May 2020 as a thank you to the work of NHS staff and other key workers during the first wave of the Covid pandemic. 

The hand-painted image shows a young boy playing with superhero dolls.

While Batman and Spiderman are discarded in a bin, the child clutches a figure of a masked nurse wearing a cape.

Sunflowers From Petrol Station (£10.7million)

Banksy reimagined Van Gogh’s famous painting of the bright flora as a withered bunch of sunflowers when he created it in 2005, titling it as Sunflowers From Petrol Station. 

Legendary fashion designer Sir Paul Smith sold the painting, called Sunflowers From Petrol Station, in November 2021 for £10.7million. 

Speaking about his love for Banksy, Smith said: ‘What initially attracted me to Banksy was his confidence and clarity to communicate something exactly as it is, I was so impressed by his observations of what was happening in the world and that remains true of the work he’s doing today.

‘His political statements are completely on point, really profound, really brave and consistently delivered in a modern way.

‘I was delighted to have the opportunity to be able to own a piece of his work and the Sunflower itself presents such a brilliantly unique way of thinking about things.’

Devolved Parliament (£9.9million)

Gallery assistants pose as British artist Banksy’s work ‘Devolved Parliament’ is displayed during a photocall at Sotheby’s auction house in London on 27 September 2019

Devolved Parliament sees chimpanzees replacing politicians in the House of Commons, in another of Banksy’s highly-politicised creations. 

Despite being painted in 2009, many commentators had drawn comparisons to current-day politics. 

‘Record price for a Banksy painting set at auction tonight. Shame I didn’t still own it,’ Banksy wrote on his Instagram feed beside a post quoting art critic Robert Hughes about the value of artworks, after it sold for £9.9million in October 2019.

‘… 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. Instead of being the common property of humankind the way a book is, art becomes the particular property of someone who can afford it,’ the Instagram post quoted Hughes as saying.

Love Is In The Air (£9.2million) 

Love Is In The Air, also known as Flower Bomber, shows a man launching a bouquet of flowers akin to how someone would throw a projectile in a riot. 

Painted in 2003, the masked man is depicted while preparing to launch what could be regarded as a symbol of love and peace. 

The most well-known version of this striking mural appeared in Jerusalem in 2003, after the construction of the 760km-long West Bank Wall, which separates Palestine from Israel.

The first physical piece of artwork that could  be paid for with cryptocurrency, it sold for £9.2million in 2021. 

Show Me The Monet (£7.6million)

Two technicians handle Banksy’s ‘Show me the Monet’ on display at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday October 21, 2020

Show Me the Monet was created by Banksy as a nod to Monet’s iconic a Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies.

Banksy’s version of Monet’s famous adds abandoned shopping trolleys and a traffic cone to the famous garden scene, and fetched £7.6million when sold by Sotheby’s in October 2020. 

Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, said: ‘In one of his most important paintings, Banksy has taken Monet’s iconic depiction of the Japanese bridge in the Impressionist master’s famous garden at Giverny and transformed it into a modern-day fly-tipping spot.

‘More canal than idyllic lily pond, Banksy litters Monet’s composition with discarded shopping trollies and a fluorescent orange traffic cone.

‘Ever prescient as a voice of protest and social dissent, here Banksy shines a light on society’s disregard for the environment in favour of the wasteful excesses of consumerism.’

Forgive Us Our Trespassing (£6.3million)

The largest-known Banksy piece at over seven metres tall was created in 2011, combining a kneeling boy praying in front of stained-glass windows. 

It sold for around £6.4million in October 2020, with Banksy assisted by over 100 schoolchildren in the making of the imposing mural. 

The original image of the kneeling boy, accompanied by the message ‘Forgive Us Our Trespassing’, was first seen in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2010, in a possible ode to those who see Banksy’s graffiti art as vandalism. 

Subject To Availability (£4.5million)

Using the 1890 painting of Mount Rainier in Seattle, which was painted by Albert Bierstadt, Banksy puts his own spin on the scene by inserting an asterisk next to the dormant volcano at the centre of the composition, along with the caption ‘*subject to availability for a limited period only’. 

Painted in 2009, Banksy artistic message about the need to conserve Mount Rainier National Park became reality in 2020, when the park was forced to close temporarily closure due to extreme flooding and mudslides. 

Banksy’s version was auctioned for £4.5million at Christie’s in June 2021. 

Vandalised Oil (Choppers) (£4.4million)

Alluding to the brutality of armed conflict with a helicopter similar to those used in the Vietnam War, the work sold for £4.4million at auction in March 2022. 

The piece is also believed to have been influenced by Banksy’s opposition to the UK’s involvement in the second Iraq war, after he famously handed out stencilled placards protests in London against the conflict 2003. 

Girl With Balloon (£475,000)

Girl With Balloon, which depicts a small child reaching up toward a heart-shaped red balloon. 

The imagery was first spotted on the wall of a shop in 2002, in Great Eastern Street, east London.

It features just two simple shapes, with the statement: ‘There is always hope’.

The girl depicts a Syrian refugee, an imagery which Banksy uses many times in his murals.

In March 2015, the third anniversary of the Syria conflict, Banksy reworked the painting to depict a Syrian refugee and added #WithSyria.

The image was later projected on the Eiffel Tower and Nelson’s column in Paris.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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