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The works on offer provide a solid cross section of his commercially produced prints from the earliest Rude Copper (2002) to his most recent open edition Box Set, available for purchase only from the ‘gift shop’ of his Walled Off Hotel project in Jerusalem (opened 2017).
Forum Auctions has become a leading auction house for Banksy editions having sold over 100 examples over the past 12 months for a total of US$ 2,000,000.
The Travel section includes some exceptional rarities and finely illustrated works: Hodges’ Select Views in India, 1785-88 (lot 311, est.
£6,000-8,000) and Webber’s Views in the South Seas, 1808 with 16 fine hand-coloured lithographs (lot 323, est. A large private consignment of Africana includes books, maps and prints and there are other notable works on China, Middle East, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.
GWB has achieved the additional accolade of having been voted ‘the nation’s favourite artwork’ Watchtower Carved olive wood sculpture, 2007, signed and numbered from the edition of 15 in red crayon on the base, one of fifteen unique variants, 252mm (9 7/8in) (height) ,000-60,000 Exhibited: Rome, Fondazione Terzo Pilastro - Italia e Mediterraneo, War, Capitalism & Liberty: BANKSY, 24 May - 4 September 2016.
This is Banksy’s only ‘edition-ed’ sculpture in wood and, whilst numbered, each of the 15 editions are described as unique on their Pest Control certificates.
They were produced in 2007 for his Santa’s Ghetto exhibition in Bethlehem.
Banksy has maintained his interest in the region with the opening of a not-for-profit art hotel, walledoffhotel.com, earlier this year. As has been the feature of all their sales thus far, the preponderance of privately-consigned books and works on paper is remarkable.
Girl with Balloon (Balloon Girl) Screenprint in colours, 2004, signed, dated numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil, printed and published by Pictures on Walls, London, the full sheet, 659 x 499mm (25 7/8 x 499mm) (unframed) ,000-120,000 This rare signed example was originally given to the vendors as a wedding present..last GWB we sold was bought by an Asian collector as an anniversary present for his wife!
A copy of the privately printed The Tale of Peter Rabbit in the second issue with a rounded spine, is enhanced by a charming autograph letter from Beatrix Potter (dated to the month of issue, February 1902), in which she thanks the recipient for the interest in her “rabbit book”, and carries an estimate of £15,000-20,000 (lot 262).
Two beautiful Art Deco works by the highly sought-after illustrator Francois-Louis Schmied are included in the sale – one, Histoire Charmante de l’Adolescente Sucre d’Amour, one of only 25 copies on japon paper and with the illustrations and decorations coloured by pochoir and finished by hand, is estimated at £20,000-30,000 (lot 297).
NOLA (Pink to Yellow Rain) Screenprint in colours, 2008, signed and inscribed 'AP' in pencil, one of only 6 of this colour variant artist's proofs aside from the standard edition of 289, on Arches 88 wove paper, printed and published by Pictures on Walls, London, with their blindstamp, with full margins, sheet 757 x 552mm (29 x 21in) ,000-120,000 Rude Copper (Anarchy) Screenprint with unique spray paint in grey, 2002, stamped with the red Banksy tag, numbered from the edition of 250 in pencil. ,000-30,000 This is considered the ‘holy grail’ of Banksy editions having been one of the first commercial productions by the artist. Printed books open with a handsome copy of Gregory IX’s Decretales, Venice, 1496, bound in red morocco (lot 94, est.
Gold Flag Screenprint in colours, 2008, inscribed '4 Ben Banksy', an artist's proof aside from the edition of 20, on Formica, printed and published by Pictures on Walls, London, with full margins, sheet 501 x 700mm (19 3/4 x 27 1/2in) This is believed to have originally been a gift to fellow Bristolian artist Ben EIne. £2,000-3,000) and the section includes a curious copy of the 1557 Estienne-printed Aeschylus’ Tragoediae VII, enhanced by annotations by John Gordon, a confidant of Mary, Queen of Scots (lot 105, est. A small section of Food & Drink precedes the English Literature section in which a copy of The Winters Tale, extracted from Shakespeare’s first folio of 1623 is a highlight (lot 137, est. Next is a group of Americana with several works by the 17 century Boston divine, John Cotton, and a copy of the very rare A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Philadelphia, 1775 (lot 155, est. From more recent times, the typescript of an unpublished 1941 novella about The Saint by Leslie Charteris, entitled The Saint’s Second Front, is estimated at £7,500-10,000 (lot 217).