16/01/2024 Contemporary Art & Design
An original Bansky helicopter scene which has been restored after being 'painted over' is to go up for auction at Anderson & Garland in Newcastle - and could fetch £700,000
Banksy fans are in with a rare chance to buy an original artwork by the elusive street artist which will be going up for auction in Newcastle - but they may need a spare half-million or more.
In March, Anderson & Garland will be selling Happy Choppers - featuring Apocalypse Now-type Apache helicopters which are recurring images in Banksy's art - and the auction house will first host three viewing days for people to see the work which could fetch an estimated £500,000-£700,000. And it has quite a story behind it.
The famously secretive Banksy painted it in early 2006 on the wall of a building in London's Shoreditch area and it was documented by his so-called 'partner-in-crime' Steve Lazarides in the first volume of the Banksy Captured book. But then it was painted over by the building's owner who feared it would create a security problem.
The building was later sold and it was only when the current owner was leafing through a book featuring Banksy art locations - a Christmas gift for his son - that he recognised one of the areas shown and realised a Banksy must be on his building. He raced there to investigate but the section of wall had since been painted black.
It first will go on public view in its city saleroom on March 15, 16 and 18. Fred Wyrley-Birch, director ofAnderson & Garland, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer another original and unique work by the elusive artist Banksy.
"With our recent success in selling his Merrivale Stable, which fetched £1m including fees, we are uniquely placed to bring this highly-desirable piece to market." He added: "The work carries an auction estimate of £500,000-£700,000."
More details of the upcoming sale are set to be released in coming weeks.
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