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‘Banksy’ artwork snapped up for £1,400 at Staffordshire auction

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A bidder from Staffordshire bought their own piece of art by legendary ‘guerilla’ artist Banksy last week, as a piece entitled 'Walled Off Hotel Box Set' went under that hammer at Cuttlestones’ auctioneers and valuers.

The hammer fell at £1,400 on the diminutive piece which, measuring just 25.5cm square in its frame, features a lithograph in colours on paper with concrete relief formed by an original piece of the graffiti-sprayed wall an original piece of the separation wall that divides Israel and Palestine. Included in the lot was an invoice for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.

And it wasn’t just the Banksy that brought in the bids in a strong art section – other highlights form the sale included Lot 186, a Lucy Harwood modernist study of kilns in a wooded landscape sold for £1,200 despite the condition report showing a small amount of cracking to the oil between the towers on close inspection. 

More traditional art also fared well – Lot 88, a V.B.B. Moorland scene with four stags grazing, signed and dated 1931, saw the hammer fall at £320 against an estimate of £60-80, while Lot 119, a watercolour military study of an officer in a rocky wooded landscaped signed J.Huskins 1844 fetched £200. Other notable paintings included Lot 140, a French school oil on canvas portrait of a young peasant girl by Paul Alexandre Alfred Lefroy, dated 1886, which went for £1,400, and Lot 166 – a 1973 oil on canvas by Maurice Field entitled 'Blackberry Pickers on Hampstead Heath' which sold for £700. MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble says:

“We’re really pleased with the results of the Spring Antiques Auction – the fact it took place 100% online due to COVID restrictions did little to dampen bidders’ enthusiasm. It’s always great to have a name like Banksy pass through the saleroom, and it was nice to see a local buyer invest in this piece, despite interest on the internet and phone lines from global bidders.

“It was also nice to see more traditional artworks sell well, showing there is still a strong market for well executed, traditional oils and watercolours.”

The lots sold during Cuttlestones Spring Antique Auction on Thursday 11th March. Consignments are not being taken for future sales, with free, online valuations available by emailing images to [email protected] or by WhatsApp to 07949 603 872. For full details of how to buy and sell through Cuttlestones, head to www.cuttlestones.co.uk

 

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