Kate Moss Portrait Sells for $191,000

February 6, 2008 By:
Kate Moss Portrait Sells for $191,000

A portrait of Kate Moss by graffiti artist Banksy has sold for over $191,000 at an auction in London. For that much money you could have just hired Kate to come over in person.

The portrait, which was inspired by Andy Warhol's iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe, was one of 75 pieces of ''urban art'' on sale, Bonhams auction house said.

''By definition (urban art) is an ephemeral art form, often disappearing as fast as it appears,'' Gareth Williams, senior picture specialist at Bonhams, said Tuesday. ''By transposing their images from street wall to canvas, urban artists are now creating a permanent legacy.''

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Banky's work, he never uses his real name. He rarely offers originals for sale and does a lot of his art on random walls. His images are usually combined with images, which are usually anti-war, anti-capitalist, anti-establishment, or pro-freedom. To check out some of his works, check out his official site at www.banksy.co.uk.