The Banksy piece created for Blur is to go to auction in a sale of modern and contemporary art taking place at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday.
‘Lot 90: Banksy (b.1975) UNTITLED, 2003, spraypaint with stencil on concrete blocks, approx.
96 x 72in.’ price? ‘Â£30,000-Â£50,000.’
‘Yes, it is a lot, and no, we’d never heard of Banksy before,’ said Mr Walmesley , the farmer whose duckhouse Banksy painted . He came down to London with a trailer carrying the concrete blocks in a reinforced steel frame. Banksy had also tested his aerosol cans on a steel barn door. ‘But then the barn was renovated and Steve was going to chuck the door in a skip,’ remembers Lucy’s boyfriend, David Smith.
‘I rescued it because I liked the image – a girl with a television set – stuck it in our Fiesta, took it home and there it sat in our living room.’ David, too, remained blissfully unaware of Banky’s significance until a friend suggested he have the piece valued. He sold it for Â£32,000 at Bonhams last year.
Graffiti artist Banksy has found a new way to present his work – an abandoned Eurostar tunnel at Waterloo station. The reclusive painter converted a half-mile stretch of the tunnel in Leake Street, Waterloo, into a gallery for his and 29 other artists’ works. Get more Banksy news in our free newsletter or subscribe to our RSS feed
Among the images on display at the Cans Festival are recreations of Madonna kissing Britney Spears and newly-elected London Mayor Boris Johnson.The exhibition also has a number of installations, including a burned-out car, a tree with CCTV cameras, right, and a piano with green paint thrown over it.
Artists involved in the three-day street art show came from all over the world, including Australia, Canada and Brazil.
Members of the public were encouraged to get involved by turning up with a spray can and adding their own stencils.
Banksy said: “Graffiti doesn’t always spoil buildings – in fact it’s the only way to improve a lot of them. In the space of a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint I’m hoping we can transform a dark, forgotten filth-pit into an oasis of beautiful art.