Zwolle – It was a special sight on a Wednesday afternoon at Koperen Hoogte on the A28 near Zwolle; The largest Banksy ever was brought to the auction house in Hesse by crane.
“The Whitehouse Rat” artwork weighs around 500 kilograms and therefore comes from famous artist Banksy. He painted this big white rat in 2004 in the White House bar in Liverpool. After a while, the cafe was on the verge of demolition, but that changed after Banksy gained fame. Originally the work was nine and a half meters high and six meters wide. Thus Whitehouse Rat is Banksy’s largest and most well-known business.
The second work, “Mumin”, was also lifted to the building via a crane on Wednesday. This piece appeared in 2005 on a paneled window of a building on Concert Street in Liverpool. He mocks companies that hire cheap migrant workers for occupations like security guards. Hence, the artwork “insured” is formally called “locked – by migrant workers asleep at a lower wage.” (Protected by sleepy migrant workers with a minimum wage).
HThe auction house developed a specialty for Banksy: “We sold the first Banksy on November 26. That was an immediate success. On the second auction, we also had artwork from Banksy that sold out right away. We really wanted this, because it’s always good for you to sell something famous. “, Says auctioneer Richard Hesink.
Banksy is the alias of a British artist. Often his artworks are of a political nature and a sense of humor. In his street art he combines graffiti with the stencil technology that sets him apart. His street works can be found in various European cities, but also outside Europe such as Palestine and the United States. Photographer Steve Lazarus registered the Banksy website. He works as a middleman for Banksy. Lazarides has an art gallery on Greek Street in Soho, London called Laz Inc. This shop sells original Banksy paintings.
The bikini will soon be auctioned to Hesync Auctions, which now specializes in artist. “We sold the first Banksy on November 26. That was an immediate success. On the second auction, we also had artwork from Banksy that was immediately sold. We really wanted this, because it’s always a good idea to sell something famous,” says auction manager Richard Hisink.
It doesn’t stop for Hessink with the auction of these two private coins. “There are two other artworks in Liverpool that we would like. Someone is now looking for those pieces, and they won’t come back until the artworks are found.” Cuddle concludes.