A Mona Lisa-lookalike that could be worth millions is the subject of a new lawsuit filed by a prestigious European family seeking partial ownership of the coveted painting, according to a report.
In 2014, French auctioneer Marc Labarbe received a phone call from a friend. The attic of their Toulouse home had yielded a surprising discovery: a painting, coated in dust and stained by a water leak, that looked all the same to be something of value. Labarbe approached gingerly, cleaning one of the painted faces with cotton wool and water. He sent a photo to the art appraiser Eric Turquin, based in Paris, and then he waited.
Coupon, Pennsylvania — Local visual and musical artist and self-professed cultural dissident Valerie Sanders has run out of ways to express herself and grab attention in the fast-paced era of social media driven by the constant fear of missing out.
I personally do not understand the frenzied ado about Banksy and his or her art. It’s cute, sure. But it’s just… basic and quite unremarkable.
For an artist that’s known for his stunts, this could be Banksy’s most perfect art world prank.
After the gavel fell Friday at Sotheby’s auction house in London, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon was reduced to shreds — another apparent act in the disruptive career of the anonymous British graffiti artist.