Banksy painting of MPs as chimpanzees sells for £9.9m

Devolved ParliamentImage copyrightSotheby’s
Image caption The painting is nearly four metres (13ft) wide and is the largest known canvas by Banksy

A painting by Banksy showing the House of Commons overrun with chimpanzees has sold at auction for just under £9.9m.

The 4m (13ft) wide artwork Devolved Parliament was painted by the anonymous Bristol artist in 2009.

Expected to fetch up to £2m, it sold for nearly five times its estimate at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday.

Banksy reacted on Instagram, saying it was a “record price for a Banksy painting” and “shame I didn’t still own it”.

‘Bidding battle’

Sotheby’s tweeted the painting had sold “to applause at £9,879,500 – nine times its previous record – after a 13-minute bidding battle”.