Banksy Artwork Goes On Sale To Raise Funds For Australian Bushfire Relief
By Mikelle Leow, 14 Feb 2020
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A Banksy artwork will be auctioned off to help raise funds for bushfire relief in Victoria, Australia.
Banksy’s Weston Super Mare (2003) will join almost 100 other local and international artworks donated by artists, galleries and collectors.
The black and white stencil print is described as a “cheerful tribute to the great British seaside towns.” More specifically, it depicts the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare resort in North Somerset, England, where Banksy opened Dismaland 12 years later.
It shows a senior citizen blissfully resting on a bench, unbeknownst to the imminent blaze headed his direction.
The artwork was donated by Victorian art collectors Sandra Powell and Andrew King, who will be holding the auction in South Yarra.
The two interpret Weston Super Mare as a “fitting comment on climate change.”
“It’s a place where old folk go for some sea air and so there is a lot of sitting around happening and not much action,” they elaborated.
While the artworks at the auction are estimated to sell for between A$500 (US$336) and A$20,000 (US$13,400), it’s possible that the Banksy print will fetch a higher price, given his enigmatic presence in the art world.
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We couldn’t have a street art auction and not have a Banksy so Andrew and I have donated this Weston Super Mare print from our SANDREW collection for the Bushfire Appeal auction this Sunday. We decided that this image of an elderly person sitting on a bench, oblivious to the disaster about to unfold, was a fitting comment on climate change. (Our interpretation only and one of many) Its title brings back great memories for us as it is the town where Banksy staged his Dismaland Bemusment Park in 2015. It’s a place where old folk go for some sea air and so there is a lot of sitting around happening and not much action. Come and have a chat and view all the artworks this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm before our auction on Sunday at 6pm. We’ll see you there. There are no reserves for the art! 88 street artists are represented! Is this some record? Dig deep for a great cause and get yourself an amazing artwork. The catalogue is now online and the live auction will be held in the Melbourne rooms of @leonardjoelauctions on 16th February. Link in my bio. Amazing art - no commissions! 100% of all money raised will go to The Victorian Bushfire Appeal. #streetartbushfireappeal #streetart #bushfirefundraiser #bushfirereliefauction #bidforrelief #bidforrecovery #australianbushfires @banksy #banksy
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