£13,500-£20,000 VALUE (EST.)
$26,000-$40,000 VALUE (EST.)
$23,000-$35,000 VALUE (EST.)
¥120,000-¥180,000 VALUE (EST.)
€16,000-€23,000 VALUE (EST.)
$130,000-$190,000 VALUE (EST.)
¥2,470,000-¥3,660,000 VALUE (EST.)
$17,000-$25,000 VALUE (EST.)
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Unsigned Print Edition of 600
H 70cm x W 50cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|August 2023||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Toxic Mary - Unsigned Print|
|May 2023||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Toxic Mary - Unsigned Print|
|April 2023||Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Toxic Mary - Unsigned Print|
|March 2023||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Toxic Mary - Unsigned Print|
|August 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Toxic Mary - Unsigned Print|
|July 2022||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||Toxic Mary - Unsigned Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Toxic Mary - Unsigned Print|
Banksy's early artwork, Toxic Mary, is an unsigned screen print edition of 600 from 2003. It challenges the traditional Madonna and Child iconography with a macabre depiction in monochromes. The skull and crossbones on the bottle Mary feeds her child represents Banksy's view that religion is a toxic form of control.
Toxic Mary was first shown to the public in Banksy's 2003 London exhibition, Turf Wars. It shows the Virgin Mary feeding her infant son, Jesus Christ. It is a striking, bold and controversial piece considered blasphemous by many in religious circles. Art fans and Banksy collectors simply took the dark humoured piece at face value, speculating that what Banksy is actually commenting on is the relationship between mother and child. However, there is no doubt that we can also read some of Banksy's own religious views into this rather shocking piece. He could be saying that extreme religiousness and bigotry can, in fact, be poisonous, and that poison can be passed down through generations, and spread through families and communities. The only other obvious religious piece by Banksy is Christ With Shopping Bags, which uses religious iconography to comment on the way we worship capitalism and consumerism.
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