BANKSY (British Street Artist, b. 1974)
‘The Night Box Rat’ (1998)
Stencil and Spray Paint on Metal
Size: 65 x 53.5 cm
Frame: In white wooden box, behind acrylic with a white background
Excellent and Authentic
(Please refer to department for Condition report. You can find the biography of this artist in our digital catalogue for this sale)
Estimate: 150,000 – 200,000 Euro
- A relatively rare stencil, Banksy’s rat with bolt cutters has appeared in a very small number of other locations, however none of these examples are believed to have survived. When Redcliffe Imaging moved from their Easton Road address in 2003, the box was removed and the piece salvaged by the owners. ‘Night Box Rat’ comes with the original padlock & keys and in original unmolested condition.
- Enjoying an almost unparalleled provenance amongst Banksy’s public works, this modestly sized work by Banksy has a fascinating backstory. Produced in 1998, it was sprayed onto the safety deposit box of a film processing company called Redcliffe Imaging in Easton, Bristol. The box, which was installed by the company to allow professional photographers to collect their photographs 24 hours a day, was an important hub for local photographers working in a variety of areas, including those photographers working in local news and media. Following a number of botched attempts to break into the box by local felons, a decision was taken by the owners of the box to add the text, in the hope that it might dissuade any further attempts by said felons to compromise the box’s contents. Not long afterwards, much to the amusement of the owners, Banksy’s image appeared on the box, and it was not targeted again. An image of the work appears in Banksy’s 2005 publication Wall and Piece and it was also featured in The Observer Newspaper’s interview of Banksy in May 2002.
- Banksy: Wall and Piece (2005) published by Century