(CNN) — Three Banksy work have been bought at public sale for $2.9 million, with proceeds earmarked for a Palestinian hospital.
The lot, titled “Mediterranean Sea View 2017,” includes three reworked oil work depicting romantic seascapes, to which the nameless avenue artist and political activist added life jackets and lifebuoys to spotlight the European migrant disaster.
The “visible modification…evokes mass dying at sea,” based on Sotheby’s, which auctioned the work on Tuesday in London.
“Although posing as eighteenth or nineteenth-century work of the ‘Pure Elegant’, the current work undermines and subverts the viewer’s expectations to broach a troublesome up to date challenge,” the public sale home added.
The 2010s have been marked by numerous refugees making an attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea on boats and makeshift rafts to flee armed battle or social unrest. Whereas many arrived in international locations like Italy and Greece, hundreds died at sea. The migrant disaster was declared over in March 2019, however refugees nonetheless try the perilous journey.
Banksy’s work, which fetched way over the anticipated worth of $1 million to $1.5 million, have been beforehand displayed within the foyer of the Walled Off Resort, which the artist opened in Bethlehem in 2017 to attract consideration to the Israeli-Palestinian battle.
The work have been donated to ABCD Bethlehem, a nonprofit group that helps Palestinian kids with disabilities. The proceeds from the public sale will go towards constructing an acute stroke unit and buying kids’s rehabilitation gear for Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR), a supplier of medical, surgical and rehabilitation providers within the Palestinian Territories.
The England-based artist has addressed the migrant disaster in quite a few works, together with a 2016 portrait of Apple’s late founder and CEO Steve Jobs holding an unique Apple laptop in a single hand and a black sack thrown over his shoulder within the different. The portray appeared in Calais refugee camp in France.
Banksy stated on the time that the portrait was meant to dispel misconceptions about migrants. “We’re usually led to imagine migration is a drain on the nation’s sources however Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant,” the artist stated. “Apple is the world’s most worthwhile firm, it pays over $7bn (£four.6bn) a yr in taxes — and it solely exists as a result of they allowed in a younger man from Homs.”
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