Banksy artwork sells for $1.7million

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The 30cm square painting by the anonymous British artist Banksy has sold in New Zealand for $1.7million.

The artwork shows a chimpanzee wearing a sandwich board saying ‘Keep it real’.

It had been predicted to fetch between $600,000 and $1m. However, a fierce bidding war at the International Art Centre in Parnell ensured the artwork went for a record price.

In total five Banksy screen prints were also up for sale at last night’s auction.

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