An online auction by Tate Ward, specializing in contemporary art, featured the likes of artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and countless others.
Titled “By Collectors for Collectors,” saw Banksy’s 2004 print Pulp Fiction fetching a whopping £125,000 GBP (approx. $166,331 USD). The print pays homage to the 1994 cult classic Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson.
Banksy’s latest artwork, If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get, has recently been accidentally scrubbed by the cleaners. Ironically, the British artist had disguised himself as a London Underground cleaner to put up the art piece.
This particular piece is a public service announcement that encourages citizens to wear a mask to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Banksy posted the artwork via his Instagram prompting an intense search from fans to find it. There is now confirmation by the Evening Standard that the real London Underground cleaners have removed the priceless artwork.
When we saw the video, we started to look into it and spoke to the cleaners. It started to emerge that they had noticed some sort of ‘rat thing’ a few days ago and cleaned it off, as they should.
Spokesperson for London Underground
The deletion of the artwork has, of course, sparked outrage with many defending the elusive artist.
Check out this trailer for a documentary on the mysterious and elusive street artist Banksy. The doc, called Banksy & The Rise of Outlaw Art, focuses on how Banksy helped to transcend the world of street art.
As the world’s most infamous street artist, Banksy’s political art, criminal stunts and daring invasions have outraged the establishment for over two decades, but despite being one of the most important figures of our times, Banksy has remained an enigma, with little known about the circumstances of his life and work. His rise coincided with the emergence of Street Art, a form of illegal, public art that evolved from the graffiti scene to change the face of cities across the world. Banksy became the leading figure in this revolutionary new movement, assembling a multi-million dollar empire and changing the way that we think about art. Through it all, however, his identity has remained shrouded in mystery…