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Medium: Mixed Media
Format: Mixed Media
Size: H 25cm x W 30cm
Edition size: 25
Banksy's Mosquito, a mixed media artwork from 2003, is estimated to be worth between £230,000 to £340,000. This unsigned piece has only had 4 sales at auction to date, with the first sale recorded on 8th February 2007. The artwork has been sold in the United Kingdom and Italy, demonstrating its international appeal. In the last five years, there have been no recorded sales, indicating its rarity on the market. The edition size of this artwork is limited to 25, making it a unique opportunity for art collectors and Banksy enthusiasts.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|October 2018||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Mosquito - Mixed Media|
|May 2014||Sotheby's Milan - Italy||Mosquito - Mixed Media|
|February 2009||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Mosquito - Mixed Media|
|February 2007||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Mosquito - Mixed Media|
Mosquito is an acrylic and spray paint stencil on canvas made by Banksy in 2003. The canvas, in an edition of 25, depicts a gas mask-clad mosquito rendered in Banksy’s signature stencil-graffiti style. The work parodies the Paramount Pictures logo, ironizing Hollywood’s parasitic relationship to real-life violence and conflict.
The meaning of this image is open to interpretation, as are many of Banksy’s artworks. The work is imbued with irony as the gas mask is meant to be protecting the insect, but also prevents it from drinking blood and sustaining itself. The gas mask also prevents the mosquito from stinging anyone, rendering it impotent and disabling it from hurting anybody, despite the insect being rendered as ready to fight.
Banksy’s works are often ironic or satirical and the artist uses animals such as monkeys and rats to address social issues. Animals that are conventionally thought of as pests and associated with being unwanted, such as rats, are frequently used by Banksy as symbols of the working class. In this image, the mosquito can be seen as representing the plight of soldiers who are caught in war and have to struggle between duty and morality.
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