British Urban Artist Banksy at Auction



Banksy Heavy Weaponry

International fine arts auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to offer Modern, Contemporary and Latin Art on November 18, 2008. The auction, simulcast between the San Francisco and Los Angeles salesrooms, will feature works by preeminent artists of the 20th century, as well as works by contemporary art world icons Banksy, Paladino, Mullican, Friedeberg and Guiragossian, among others.

Highlighting the spring offering is Heavy Weaponry (over Radar), 2002, by urban artist Banksy (est. $80/120,000). Composed of stencils with black and red spraypaint on cardboard, the highly satirical piece from the elusive pseudo-anonymous British graffiti artist challenges the viewer through a combination of street art, stencil technique and thought-provoking topics. This work combines two of Banksy’s recognizable stencils: Heavy Weaponry, a singular elephant with a rocket strapped to its back, and Radar Rat, a red target-like symbol customarily depicted with a rat.

“Heavy Weaponry celebrates Bansky’s street style and the art of dissent through his use of images and underlying messages,” says Frank Hettig, Director of Contemporary and Modern Art at Bonhams & Butterfields. “The work issues a challenge to the viewer and asks them to question how they see the world. Bonhams’ London salesroom has had great success offering Bansky during its ‘Vision 21’ auctions in 2007. Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to continue this tradition, offering a distinct work such as Heavy Weaponry from the urban master,” said Hettig.
For more details visit the Bonhams web site.


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