American Idol‘s Simon Cowell Given the Gift of Banksy

There are two things the most famous-est street artist of all, Banksy, enjoys: public walls on which to paint stencils onto and celebrities with lots of money behind them. We’d certainly seen that before back a couple of years ago when the mysterious artist swept into the LA art scene and had pieces picked up by the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Now he can add another big ticket sale to his list, as the Mirror has reported that over the holidays, American Idol judge, Simon Cowell, was given a reproduction of Edward Degas‘ “Rehearsal of the Ballet on Stage” as painted by Banksy and which included Cowell painted in. Executives at Sony were the gift givers, who commissioned the artist based on the British TV personality’s apparent love of both Degas and of things more modern and street-y. Here’s a brief description of the painting:

“So they got Banksy to mock up one of Degas’ most famous works. In the picture, it looks like Simon’s deciding whether or not the girl has the X Factor.

“He took one look at it and declared it ‘hilarious’.”

Still no capture of the thief in France who recently grabbed a Degas from a museum in Marsailles, so we’re just going to go ahead and say it was either Banksy, looking for inspiration, Cowell, just because he wanted it, or executives from Sony, because Cowell probably has a birthday coming up.