An online auction, Tate Ward was recently launched to sell diverse works in contemporary art and beyond. Titled as ‘By Collectors for Collectors,’ the auction featured works by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Cy Twombly, among many others.
One of the highlights of the sale was a 2004 print by Banksy titled Pulp Fiction which is an ode to the cult 1994 American neo-noir, dark comedy crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The work portrays John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in their roles of Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield.
Banky’s Pulp Fiction art fetched approximately $166,331 USD. The print first appeared in 2002 near the Old Street tube station, which was visible until 2007 when Transport for London painted over the wall.
When the mural was covered, a local artist spray-painted the words “Come Back” in its place, a note that was addressed to Banksy. The artist printed his Pulp Fiction art in the same place, but this time, he went to create something different than the previous version. In the new version, the characters were holding actual pistols and dressed in banana costumes instead of suits.
Last month, the East London auction house sold Banksy’s Thrower for over $200,000 USD.