A rare Banksy Thrower, 2019 has appeared in auction for the first time, exclusively with the up and coming East London auction house Tate Ward. The print is set to realise up to £165,00 and already has one bid ahead of the live auction set on the 14th, October.
The work in question was bought by a lucky lottery winner. This comes just one month after an astonishing record-breaking sale of Banksy’s Banksquiat print at Tate Ward, which had an estimated value of GBP £55,000 and sold for £118,750, including buyer’s premium. The print was from a signed edition of 300, released at the Gross Domestic Product exhibition in October 2019. It was Banksy’s first regular print release since 2010.
“Thrower” is undeniably one of Banksy’s most famous pieces, with much history from Banksy’s public 2005 display of Thrower in Bethlehem to the recent IP fight of this image. It’s interesting to note that two of Banksy’s works featuring the iconography of peace and love (Thrower and Girl with Balloon) are especially popular and valuable in this climate.
Banksy, Lot 231, Thrower (Grey), 2019
Triptych, screenprint in colours on 1500 micron board
Tate Ward Auctions
Estimated value: £135,000–£165,000
The sale also includes more iconic works by Banksy, KAWS, Tracey Emin, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.