Banksy Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflower-inspired painting to be auctioned
A painting titled Sunflower from a petrol station is being sold by fashion designer Siro Paul Smith
The artwork redefines Van Gogh’s painting as a dried bunch of sunflowers that have shed their petals.
It has been valued at between £8.8 million and £13.2 million by auction house Christie’s.
Sir Paul said: “What initially attracted me to Banksy was his confidence and clarity, as it is, I was deeply moved by his observations of what was happening in the world and what he is doing today. Doing it, it’s true.
“His political statements are totally on point, given in a really intense, really brave and consistently modern way.
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to own a piece of his work and the sunflowers themselves present a wonderfully unique way of thinking about things.”
Katherine Arnold, Christie’s Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art in Europe, said: “Following the record-breaking sales of Game Changer in March – another major oil on canvas by Banksy – we will be offering sunflowers from the petrol station this November. are happy.
“Belonging to the great British designer Sir Paul Smith, the work is an icon within Banksy’s work, capturing not only his convenience as a painter but also the humor he brings to global issues.
“Here, the sheer comedy of withered flowers bought from a petrol station becomes art and a means to highlight our relationship with the environment: both, he reminds us, are ephemeral.”
The painting will go on sale on November 9.