Massive Attack’s Danny G sells Banksy prints for £150k - and gives money to two Bristol charities

The totals for the prints were a new world record achievement for Banksy prints

<p>Daddy G of Massive Attack, also known as Grant Marshall, with the two prints he donated to the auction</p>

Daddy G of Massive Attack, also known as Grant Marshall, with the two prints he donated to the auction

Two charities in Bristol have received a significant financial benefit following the auctioning off of two Banksy prints at an auction hosted by Vanguard Gallery in the city.

The auction took place at Lost Horizon Arts Centre in Bristol and was held in aid of city charities Temwa and Aid Box Community (ABC) at the end of last month.

Daddy G of Massive Attack AKA Grant Marshall donated the two limited-edition Banksy prints ‘I Fought The Law’, which fetched £78,100, and Bomb Middle England, which sold for £77,000.

A print of ‘Bomb Middle England’ by Banksy

Vanguard project director Mary McCarthy coordinated the sale of the Banksy prints.

Speaking on the importance of the Banksy prints being sold in the artist’s hometown of Bristol, she said said: “The fact that the record-breaking sale of these Banksy prints happened in a club in Bristol and not at Christie’s in London or Sotheby’s in New York demonstrates the incredible energy of Bristol’s street art scene.

“It is truly an amazing achievement for Bristol to compete at this level.”

A print of ‘I Fought the Law’ from Banksy

Marshall decided to donate the prints after hearing that Temwa lost a £250,000 grant last year due to UK government aid cuts. The charity supports communities in northern Malawi.

Jo Hook, co-founder of the charity, said: “The funds generated will go directly towards purchasing large numbers of fruit trees and agro-forestry trees under Temwa’s Agriculture and Forestry Programme.

“In time for this year’s rainy season, these trees will be distributed and planted by community members that we work with in Northern Malawi.”

The auction was hosted by Vanguard last month

She added: “We are incredibly grateful to the Marshall family for their support, and to all of the artists who are donating their works for this auction.

“The kindness and generosity of everyone involved is humbling, together we are all trying to correct some of the injustice in the world and level up the playing field.”