An online auction was launched by Tate Ward committed to selling various works of contemporary art and much more. The auction is called “By Collectors for Collectors” and features works from the likes of Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor ad Cy Twombly in addition to many other artists/designers.
One of the most noteworthy was a 2004 print from Banksy bearing the title “Pulp Fiction” which pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s classic 1994 neo-noire action-dark comedy film. The print shows Samuel L. Jackson ad John Travolta as their infamous roles as Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega respectively holding bananas instead of pistols.
At auction the piece was able to grab £125,000 GBP, which roughly translates to $166,331 USD. Banksy’s Pulp Fiction first appeared near the Old Street Subway Station and was clearly visible until 2007 after the Transport for London painted over it. Following this, a local artist spray painted over the painted-over wall with the words “come back” in place of the design addressing it to Banksy. The same spot was tagged over with his Pulp Fiction mural but then Vincent and Jules were pointing actual pistols instead of bananas, and instead of suits they were wearing Banana costumes.
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