Banksy Art Up For Auction
A piece of art that controversial artist Banksy created for Greenpeace will be sold at Bonhams London along with other of his work at the Urban Art auction on January 11. The piece, which was created for Greenpeace's Save or Delete campaign to draw attention to deforestation, features characters from Disney's The Jungle Book bound, blindfolded and facing an executioner against a backdrop of ravaged tree stumps. The piece was printed but never put into circulation because of the "protectionist policies at Disney." The piece is estimated at £60,000 - 80,000, the unique piece (lot 67) and was given to the vendor by the artist himself. The sale also features many other Banksy works at a variety of price points. Prices for Banksy have continued to rise in recent years and the success of his now-Oscar-buzzed documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, has only contributed to his fame.
Banksy didn't earn the catalog cover, that honor went to American artist Shepard Fairey whose 'Peace Goddess on Wood', 2008 is estimated at £8,000 - 12,000. Other sale highlights include a performance piece by American graffiti artist, Futura 2000, forThe Clash's Combat Rock tour. Futura 2000 was commissioned to paint the stage backdrop for The Clash whilst they performed. The piece is estimated at £15,000 – 20,000, and is believed to be the only work to have survived from the gigs.
[via Art Daily]