Banksy, ‘Morons (White & Gold)’, 2006, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Morons (White & Gold)’, 2006, Julien's Auctions

Banksy's satirical critique of auctions, and the contemporary art market which fuels them, is blatantly inscribed across the fictitious work for sale. Banksy, who himself is unabashedly a part of this market, presents an image of an auction sales room that delights in the senseless consumption of art. The print was originally released in conjunction with Banksy's now famous 2006 show “Barely Legal,” in a Los Angeles warehouse, which was his first major exhibition in the United States. Recently Banksy drew much attention for his “Dismaland” installation, which took the form of a massive post-apocalyptic theme park in western England. A rare limited edition print numbered 39/150 to the lower left and signed and dated by Banksy to the lower right. This print is from the original run which depicted a gold-colored frame. Contrary to the marked limitation it is believed that only 50 of these original gold-frame prints were ever actually produced and that they were available only to friends and associates of the artist.

Framed: 44 1/2 x 33 x 4 inches.

Signature: Signed and dated lower right.

2014: "Banksy - The Unauthorised Retrospective", S|2, London, 2009: “Banksy vs Bristol Museum”, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, UK, 2009: "Banksy from the Collection of Andipa Gallery", Andipa Gallery, London, 2008: Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill, New York.

Accompanied by a Pest Control Certificate of Authentication.

Acquired directly from the artist by current owner.

About Banksy

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.

British, Bristol, United Kingdom