Gallery assistants pose with an artwork entitled 'Devolved Parliament' by British artist Banksy.
A large Banksy painting depicting primates sitting in Britain's parliament sold for more than $12 million on Thursday, a record price at auction for a work by the secretive British street artist, according to Sotheby's.
The auction house said "Devolved Parliament", in which chimpanzees replace politicians in the House of Commons, had an estimated price tag of 1.5 million to 2 million pounds going into the sale.
During bidding that lasted some 13 minutes, it sold for a hammer price of 8.5 million pounds, to which fees are added giving a final price of 9,879,500 pounds ($12.2 million).
Before Thursday's sale, the auction record for a Banksy work was $1,870,000 for "Keep it Spotless" which sold at Sotheby's in New York in 2008, the auction house said.
An original drawing used for the first published "Tintin" cover was sold at auction on Saturday in Dallas for $1.12 million, the Heritage Auctions house told AFP.
The lost study for the painting by the French Romantic painter which inspired generations of artists including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne was discovered in a Paris apartment 18 months ago.
An early Renaissance masterpiece by the Florentine master Cimabue has been discovered in an old lady's kitchen in a town near Paris, art experts said Monday.
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