Following their record-breaking sale of an original work of art by iconic street artist Banksy last year, Newcastle Auction House Anderson and Garland now have the pleasure of offering three original Banksy’s from the (2003) ‘Wrong War’ series.
The original works of art, created on cardboard, were produced for a protest march, held in London, opposing the War in Iraq. Very few signs survive, as they were either discarded on the streets or confiscated by the Metropolitan Police.
Julian Thomson, Managing Director of Anderson & Garland said “Our recent record-breaking sale of Banksy’s Merrivale Stable for a fee inclusive £1 million really put us on the Urban Art map as far as collector’s were concerned. There has certainly been no let-up in enquiries since then, from both buyers and sellers. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to offer these interesting and unique artworks in our auction in late September. Banksy collectors’ are very passionate, so as far as prices go, the sky really is the limit!”
The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, attended the 2003 protest, and was one of very few who managed to keep hold of the sign as a ‘cool memento’ of the day. Subsequently, after realising its significance, he became a passionate collector of the ‘Wrong War’ series and has spent the last decade adding to his collection.
Pest Control, who are responsible for authenticating works by Banksy, do not issue a certificate of authenticity for works deemed as “street-art”, however these come with letters of provenance.
The works of art are for sale as part of The Modern Art & Design Auction on Wednesday 27th September and will be on view to the public Tuesday 26th September.