Three rare Banksy pieces could fetch millions at auction

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Three rare works of art created by Banksy to protest the Iraq War could fetch millions after their mysterious owner put them up for auction. The original pieces, made using stencils on pieces of cardboard, were produced for a protest march held in London to oppose the invasion in 2003.

Very few of the signs, which were part of the artist’s ‘Wrong War’ series, survive, as they were either discarded on the streets or confiscated by the Metropolitan Police. But the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, attended the protest and was one of very few who managed to keep hold of the sign as a ‘cool memento’ of the day.

After realising its significance, he became a passionate collector of the works and has spent the last decade adding to his set. Julian Thomson, managing director of Anderson & Garland, which will put the three pieces under the hammer, said there had been “no let-up” in enquiries about them.

He said: “Our recent record-breaking sale of Banksy’s Merrivale Stable for a fee inclusive of £1million really put us on the Urban Art map as far as collectors were concerned. There has certainly been no let-up in enquiries since then, from both buyers and sellers. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to offer these interesting and unique artworks in our auction in late September.”

Pest Control, which is responsible for authenticating works by Banksy, does not issue a certificate of authenticity for works deemed as “street art”. However, these pieces come with letters of provenance.

The works will be put on view to the public on September 26 and go on sale as part of The Modern Art & Design Auction on September 27.

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