Soup Can (White/Orange/Raspberry), signed Banksy screenprint from 2005, £40,000 at Forum Auctions.

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All of the limited edition screenprints in the auction on August 30 were accompanied by certification issued by the artist’s authentication body Pest Control.

Pictured here is Soup Can (White/ Orange/Raspberry), one from the signed edition of 10 printed and published in 2005. The series reimagines Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans for the weary contemporary viewer, replacing the Campbell’s brand with the value range offered by Tesco.

The original painting was exhibited as part of Banksy’s pop-up Crude Oils exhibition in October 2005 with another version covertly hung in the Museum of Modern Art in New York where it went unnoticed by staff for six days. Estimated at £40,000-60,000, it took £40,000.

Overall, it appears the market for Banksy prints had cooled following a growth period of a decade or more. While some previously bullet-proof prints failed to sell, only four lots sold above their low estimates and 10 of the 24 were unsold on the day.

Rembrandt etching


The Angel Departing from the Family of Tobias, Rembrandt etching guided at £12,000-18,000 at Forum Auctions.

Forum’s next sale of Editions and Works on Paper (1500-2023) will take place in London on October 12.

Among the 311 lots are works by some of the leading names in the modern sector such as Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Roy Lichtenstein (1923-97).

But when it comes to Old Master prints two artists dominate: Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), whose woodcuts comprise the first six lots of the auction, and Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69), whose etchings have provided 19 lots.

Among the latter is a copy of the 1641 etching The Angel Departing from the Family of Tobias, a second state (of nine) impression measuring 4½ x 6½in (11 x 15cm). Having formerly been in a private collection in France, it is estimated at £12,000-18,000.