A Bonham’s auction house employee poses for photographers in front of ‘Save or delete Jungle Book’ by British Artist Banksy in London. The piece is expected to sell for between £60,000- £80,000 pounds (93,000 to 124,000 US dollars) at Bonhams forthcoming ‘Urban Art’ auction. REUTERS/Paul Hackett.
ArtDaily says: LONDON.- An original art work by the legendary street artist, Banksy, for a Greenpeace Save or Delete campaign photographic poster, is to be sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street, as part of its Urban Art sale on 11 January 2011. Estimated at £60,000 – 80,000, the unique piece (lot 67) was given to the vendor by the artist himself.
The art work was commissioned by Greenpeace to highlight the problems of global deforestation as part of their Save or Delete campaign. The image, which features some of the main characters from Disney’s The Jungle Book transposed onto a picture of a devastated forest, was intended for use on posters, billboards and postcards. While it was printed, it was never put into circulation because of the protectionist policies at Disney. A version of this poster is illustrated in Banksy’s Wall and Piece book.
It’s for a noble cause!