Banksy Editions Guide

Grappling Hook

Grappling Hook

Edition Details

Edition:
26
Signed:
26
Unsigned:
Artist Proofs:
VIP:
Year:
2017
Medium:
Sculpture of acrylic and shellac on wood, painted polyurethane, aluminium, steel and rope
Size:
42 x 60 x 24 cm
Signature:
Signed and numbered
Hang-Up Rating:
Auction Record:

£93,750

Sotheby's London, 'Grappling Hook', September 2019

In 2017, Grappling Hook was showcased at the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.

The work is considered to be the most iconic piece to emerge from the hotel intervention in Bethlehem. It was the only signed edition to be offered as part of this project and was also the first time Banksy had made his works for sale to the public since 2013.

From an edition of just 26, Grappling Hook is an incredibly rare sculpture from the controversial artist.

Grappling Hook and display box

Grappling Hook and display box

Bonhams

Banksy's Grappling Hook (2017) is a powerful statement on this struggle and was the most iconic piece to emerge from the Walled Off Hotel intervention in Bethlehem. Banksy's described the piece as a "Military grade grappling hook and combination spiritual ornament" (the artist on Instagram, 2017), and compounded the joke by presenting the piece in a hand painted, custom made cardboard box.

On display at Ely Catherdral

On display at Ely Catherdral

In 2019 the sculpture was on show at Ely Cathedral in Cambridge cementing a powerful statement between sculpture and location.

"[the sculpture would] create a particular presence and challenge."

The Very Rev Mark Bonney, the Dean of Ely

BBC News | Banksy 'Grappling Hook' goes on show at Ely Cathedral

BBC News | Banksy 'Grappling Hook' goes on show at Ely Cathedral

"A signed Banksy sculpture depicting a large crucifix with hooks has gone on display in the centre of Ely Cathedral. Called The Grappling Hook, the artwork was created in 2017 as a "powerful statement" on the political and religious struggles in the West Bank."

Read the full article on BBC News.
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