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Banksy works set auction record
Banksy's pictures of Kate Moss sold for 50,400.

A set of Kate Moss pictures by graffiti artist Banksy have been sold in London for 50,400, setting an auction record for his work.

The six silk-screen prints, featuring the model painted in the style of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe pictures, sold for five times its estimated value.

His stencil of a green Mona Lisa with paint dripping from her eyes sold for 57,600 at the Sotheby's auction.

The artist recently exhibited an elephant painted pink and gold.

A spokeswoman for Sotheby's told the Evening Standard: "It's quite sensational to go over five times the low estimate. I believe Kate Moss was happy about Banksy using her image in an iconic way.

Controversial stunts

"It's not often we sell works with spray paints but we'll be seeing a lot more of Banksy as he seems to be building up a global presence," she added.

The attention grabbing artist has become well known for his controversial stunts, including tampering with Paris Hilton's CD, replacing copies with his own remixes and giving them titles such as Why am I Famous? and What Have I Done?

He also changed the CD sleeve to show Hilton topless and with a dog's head.

Last month the artist placed a life-sized replica of a Guantanamo Bay detainee inside the Disneyland theme park in California.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie reportedly spent more than 200,000 on work by Banksy at a recent Los Angeles sale

Other fans of the artist include Brad Pitt, Jude Law and Keanu Reeves.


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