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Medium: Mixed Media
Format: Mixed Media
Size: H 50cm x W 43cm
Edition size: 5
The value of Banksy’s Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) is estimated to be worth between £320,000 to £490,000. This mixed media artwork, created in 2009, has been sold in the United States and the United Kingdom. With only 4 sales at auction to date, it is a unique piece. The hammer price in the last five years has been a consistent £697,460 as of June 2021, providing an average return to the seller of £592,841. The first sale at auction was in April 2008. Please note, this artwork is unsigned and the edition size is limited to just 5 pieces.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|June 2021||Phillips New York - United States||Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) - Mixed Media|
|March 2012||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) - Mixed Media|
|June 2009||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) - Mixed Media|
|April 2008||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) - Mixed Media|
Love Is In The Air is an artwork made by the internationally acclaimed British street artist Banksy in 2009. Coming in an edition size of 5 the mixed media painting shows a man wearing a kerchief covering his mouth and nose and a baseball cap. The man is rendered using spray paint and a stencil in black and white. Captured in motion, the man appears to be throwing a bouquet of flowers at someone or something outside of the composition. Banksy adds pink detail to the flowers which contrasts with the black and white which dominates the rest of the image.
The image resonates strongly with images of campus and street riots from the 1960s. While the viewer cannot see the man’s face, he seems frustrated or angry given his aggressive stance and tense posture. The way in which the man is caught throwing the bouquet resembles the images of people throwing rocks or molotov cocktails during riots that were seen in newspapers.
Banksy’s artworks are often steeped in anti-establishment values and this image has been interpreted as the man bombing the establishment with flowers. As the flowers are rendered in colour, there is a hint of optimism within this artwork as it suggests there is hope for a peaceful resolution to conflict.
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