A festival worker’s trailer featuring an early Banksy work is expected to fetch up to $400,000 when it goes under the hammer in Paris today.
‘Silent Majority’ was painted by the famous street artist at the Glastonbury Festival in 1998 and shows soldier-like figures landing on a beach with a speaker in an inflatable raft.
The message on the artwork reads:
It’s better not to rely too much on silent majorities … for silence is a fragile thing… one loud noise and it’s gone.
The metal piece was painted over three days by the elusive artist (in collaboration with fellow Bristol artist Inkie) outside Glastonbury’s Dance Tent and is unusual for a Banksy piece, as it is mostly freehand with minimal use of stencils.
Banksy’s team have provided a certificate of authenticity for the piece and its owners say it “depicts the rave and hip hop scene of the time”.
Digard, the auction house selling Silent Majority, say the piece is one of Banksy’s oldest works.
Street art specialist Mary McCarthy added:
For me, what is quite special about this piece is it’s one of the few freehand pieces on the market. This one really is a rare piece.
The trailer’s owner Nathan will need to find a new place to live now though, as the trailer was also his home. But, I suppose, with a few hundred grand he can probably afford quite a decent new crib.