Banksy sale spans career

A collection of works by enigmatic artist, Banksy, reflecting different stages in his career is to go under the hammer in a London saleroom later this week.

Chiswick Auctions’ Urban & Contemporary Sale will feature cult works that have estimates running into the thousands.

Chiswick’s Head of Department Danny Herbert, said: “We’ve seen a lot of interest in the sale on a global level already, which clearly demonstrates his enduring popularity.

“The works in this sale are from various points in his career, so are a good retrospective. With some signed works and some unsigned, this is a great opportunity to get your hands on a work by this highly popular artist.”

Examples on offer include:

No Ball Games (Green), 2009 is a screenprint in colours and is signed and numbered from an edition of 250. It is estimated to fetch £30,000-£35,000.

No Ball Games by Banksy

The screenprint The Grin Reaper, 2005 is estimated at £19,000-£21,000.

Trolleys, 2007, is a two colour screenprint on Arches, signed in orange pencil and numbered from an edition of 150 in pencil. It is estimated to fetch £18,000-£22,000.

Grannies, 2006, is a screenprint in colours on Arches 88, numbered from an edition of 500 in pencil. It is estimated at £7,500-£9,500.

Jack & Jill, 2005, is a screenprint in colours on paper, signed from an edition of 350 in pencil. It is estimated at £7,000-£9,000.

Very Little Helps, 2008, screenprint in colours on 270 gsm paper is signed in blue and numbered from an edition of 299 in pencil. It is estimated to fetch £18,000-£20,000

Banksy - Very Little Helps

Pulp Fiction, 2005, is a screenprint in colours on paper and is numbered from an edition of 600. It is estimated to fetch £10,500-£12,500.

Banksy - Pulp Fiction

Monkey Queen, 2003, is a screenprint in colours on paper, numbered from an edition of 750 in pencil. It is estimated to fetch £5,000-£7,000.

Banksy - Monkey Queen

Amongst others are Napalm, a work based on the iconic photograph of 1972 in Vietnam, of a girl running from a napalm attack on her village. She is escorted by American icons of popular culture, Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonald. The image is a contemporary take on recent world events.

Banksy - Napalm

Another of the artist’s most iconic works is CND Soldiers, 2005, which is a screenprint in colours on paper, numbered from an edition of 350 in pencil. The work makes an anti-war statement by the placement of the soldiers’ silhouettes, against the sign for peace, a gun and a paintbrush and his trademark use of red symbolising the bloodshed and uncertainty of war. It is estimated to fetch £7,000-9,000.

Elsewhere in the sale, Flag (Silver), 2006 is a screenprint on silver chromalux paper, numbered from an edition of 1000. It is estimated to fetch £4,000-£5,000. Gangsta Rat (Red), 2004 is a screenprint in colours, numbered from an edition of 350 in pencil. It is estimated to fetch £9,000-£11,000.

The sale takes place on December 6.

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