Is this the next Banksy painting to break an art world record? “Trolley Hunters” is going up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York on November 18.
It was created in 2005 and depicts tribal men pointing spears at shopping carts.
“At the time, it was painted as an indictment of consumer culture and as an expression of how far we have come as human beings from our original human spirit,” Alex Branczik from Sotheby’s said.
The famed auction house estimates it will sell between five and seven million dollars, but their last estimate of a Banksy piece was blown out of the water.
Sotheby’s made a similar estimate with Banksy’s “Love is in the Bin,”The famous half-shredded “Girl With Balloon”Painting. It was expected to sell for as high as eight million dollars. However, when it came down on it last month, it sold for more than $25 million. This is the highest Banksy price ever.
“I think it’s a shock for Banksy himself that his works have become so valuable,” Branczik noted. “And I think as an artist, he does give much of his own proceeds away to charities and makes a lot of great gestures around the world.”
“So I think for him, that certainly would be the case. But you’d have to ask him. I can’t speak on his behalf.”
Banksy’s art is proof that the message of “Trolley Hunters”It is still relevant today.