Banksy’s ‘Devolved Parliament’ will go up for auction on Oct. 3, just in time for Brexit.

Alex Branczik, European head of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, says it is very important to have the painting at auction at this specific time.

“There’s never been a better time to bring this painting to auction,” Branczik said. “Inevitably what we’ve been seeing in the houses of parliament over the last few months and weeks has become a daily soap opera, not just in the UK where we’re used to watching question time, but also across the rest of Europe and indeed the world.”

The giant canvas first went on display at the Bristol City Museum to mark the original Brexit Day, March 29, 2019. It marked 10 years since the Bansky versus Bristol Museum exhibition in 2009. The painting was then titled, “Question Time.” The show attracted 300,000 people. It was one of the top ten most visited exhibitions in the world that year.

True Banksy fans have noticed significant differences between the painting seen in Bristol in 2009 and the one that was on display in 2019. For example, the overhead lamps in the House of Commons had been turned off in the 2019 version, and a banana held by a chimp in the foreground was turned downward, rather than up.

“Devolved Parliament” depicts the houses of Parliament with chimpanzees instead of people. It is Banksy’s largest known piece, at 4 meters wide and 2.5 meters high.

“The title there is a riff on the idea of a devolved government,” Branczik said. “But really what he’s pointing to here is the regression of the oldest Parliamentary democracy in the world into tribalistic, animalistic behavior, the sort that we’ve seen broadcast on our televisions across the world over the last months and weeks.

The large painted is estimated to fetch 1.8 – 2.4 million pounds at the auction.

The auction comes almost exactly a year after the Girl With a Balloon shredded itself at an auction moments after it had been sold.