The elusive road artist Banksy has been smashing all types of data currently. His highest value at public sale rose significantly in October with the sale of his 2009 portray Devolved Parliament (2009) for £9.88 million (about $12.2 million) at Sotheby’s in London. And now—at a barely lesser scale—the web music database and market Discogs has revealed limited-edition report cowl created by Banksy bought for $10,256, the best value ever paid on the favored website for music aficionados all over the world.
The uncommon report is one in every of 100 that Banksy spray-painted by hand for the Norwegian digital duo Röyksopp in 2002. The sleeve (for the group’s album Melody A.M.) bears the duo’s identify in daring inexperienced lettering, with summary designs evocative of bushes beneath. Different copies of the report had beforehand bought for $7,051 and $eight,178. (In second place on Discogs’s most-expensive data record is a 7-inch single of the Beatles’ “Love Me Do” from 1962, which went for $9,220.)
Banksy, a polarizing determine within the world artwork world, is understood for making headlines along with his irreverent works and mysterious persona. Devolved Parliament, the record-setting public sale hit, depicts members of British parliament as monkeys, and one other latest public sale sensation of his, Lady with Balloon (2006), shredded itself at Sotheby’s in London final 12 months.
Final month, the artist opened an online shop providing “artwork, homewares and disappointment,” as he put it in an announcement on Instagram. To buy Banksy-approved mugs, cushions, and T-shirts, aspiring consumers must reply one query: “Why does artwork matter?”