Anonymous Bristol-based street artist Banksy had made a parody of the iconic 1991 actor Demi Moore. Vanity fair Cover photo of Annie Leibovitz, for her debut in the American exhibition titled ‘Barely Legal’. In it, the actress was very pregnant, cradling her belly. She was expecting her second child with her then husband Bruce Willis.
And now, the auction house Sotheby’s has announced that the cartoon will be offered at auction in London on March 25, with an estimated value between £ 2 million (INR 20 crore) and £ 3 million (INR 30 crore).
The exhibition was presented in 2006, in the notorious and impoverished Los Angeles neighborhood of Skid Row, and the canvas was Banksy’s great debut, raising his status: he was no longer just a graffiti artist. In an Instagram post, showing the 78-inch tall canvas, Sotheby’s wrote: “This is @banksy at its most outrageous – a very cheeky parody of Demi Moore’s iconic 1991 Vanity Fair cover shot by Annie Leibovitz. , wearing the artist’s signature mask jumpsuit, his most widely used costume, and among his most recurring motifs, the canvas was the ultimate ironic emblem for his US debut exhibition, ‘Barely Legal’. “
“Hosted at #LA in 2006, the show skirted the border between good and bad taste, and was brimming with dark humorous works, all of which challenged the problems of global injustice and poverty in contemporary society.”
According to a Barron According to the report, although the location was kept secret hours before the expo, ads featuring Moore’s cartoon against a clear blue sky, along with the famous Hollywood sign, were posted throughout the city.
The outlet also mentioned that the three-day exhibition drew more than 30,000 visitors, including actors Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, Keanu Reeves, Orlando Bloom, Dennis Hopper, Cameron Diaz and Sacha Baron Cohen.