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Medium: Mixed Media
Format: Mixed Media
Size: H 54cm x W 57cm
Edition size: 10
The value of Banksy’s London, New York, Bristol (Heavy Weaponry) is estimated to be worth between £130,000 to £190,000. This is a rare artwork with only 3 sales at auction YTD. The hammer price ranges from £250,000 in December 2020 to £250,000 in December 2020. The average return to the seller is £212,500 and the artwork has shown an increase in value. The first sale at auction was in October 2011 and the edition size of this artwork is limited to 10.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|December 2020||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||London, New York, Bristol (Heavy Weaponry) - Mixed Media|
|April 2014||Phillips London - United Kingdom||London, New York, Bristol (Heavy Weaponry) - Mixed Media|
|October 2011||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||London, New York, Bristol (Heavy Weaponry) - Mixed Media|
Banksy's 2004 spraypaint on canvas artwork, London, New York, Bristol (Heavy Weaponry), from a signed edition of only 10, features a stencilled elephant with a rocket on its back. The image reflects Banksy's anti-war stance, and critiques the military-industrial complex’s negative impact on humanity and nature through his signature wordplay.
The canvas shows an elephant walking across the composition, set against a dark grey backdrop. The elephant is rendered in green using a stencil in Banksy’s quintessential street art style. The elephant has a rocket strapped to its back and is captured walking past a barcode that says ‘heavy weaponry’ beneath it. Spray painted at the top and bottom of the composition in white are the names of the cities in which Banksy has painted the majority of his murals, London and Bristol.
The image can be interpreted in various ways and the anti-military message is arguably the most obvious interpretation. Many of Banksy’s images carry an anti-war sentiment, such as Kids On Guns and Bomb Love.
The oversized barcode behind the elephant is a visual motif that appears in many of Banksy’s other works, such as Barcode Leopard. The barcode acts as a symbol for Capitalism, consumerism and perhaps, viewed in this context, the money wasted on modern warfare or the commodification of war.
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