A Banksy artwork commissioned by Greenpeace as part of a campaign to save the rainforests sold for £78,000, it emerged today.
The poster features the main characters from Disney’s The Jungle Book lined up in front of an axe wielding executioner set in a devastated forest landscape.
It was commissioned as part of the organisation’s ‘Save or Delete’ campaign and intended for use on posters, billboards and postcards.
But it was never distributed because of global brand Disney’s policies.
A version of this poster is illustrated in Bristol-born Bansky’s Wall and Piece book.
The sale took place at Bonhams in London on Tuesday as part of its Urban Art sale, which raised a staggering £455,760 in total.
Other Banksy highlights included ‘Portrait of an Artist’, created in 1998 and believed to be the first work that he created for sale, which sold for £60,000, Everytime I Make Love To You I Think Of Someone Else, which made £42,000, Balloon Girl which fetched £12,60, and Rude Copper which sold for £9,600.
A Bonhams spokesperson said that the sale saw an “enormous turn-out and competitive bidding” following the auction house’s two-year break from holding Urban Art auctions.