The piece was part of the Brooklyn Museum's Sensation exhibtion in 1999, where it was on loan from Saatchi. It caused uproar as mayor of New York Rudy Guiliani labelled the piece, which features religious iconography and elephant dung, "sick."

A court case was even taken against the museum by Guiliani and the City of New York, with threats to cut the institutions funding and even eviction. Arnold Lehman, the museum's director, fought the case and were successful.

Ofili told Vogue in 1999: "I don't feel as though I have to defend it."

"The people who are attacking this painting are attacking their own interpretation, not mine. You never know what's going to offend people, and I don't feel it's my place to say anymore."

Reportedly, the piece has a third-party guarantee.