The proceeds from the sale of graffiti artist Banksy’s Civilian Drone Strike, 2017—a work depicting three Predator drones dropping bombs on a framed illustration of a house and stick figures—will go to two humanitarian organizations: Campaign Against Arms Trade and Reprieve, writes Damien Gayle of The Guardian. The picture was auctioned off at the Art the Arms Fair, a five-day expo that forms part of a larger, two-week festival organized to counter the Defense and Security Equipment International arms fair, which ran concurrently with the protest events. The auctioning of Banksy’s piece brought in about $277,000.
“The arms fair is a moral abomination,” said Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade. More than one hundred protesters who tried to interrupt the delivery of goods to the arms fair were arrested.
In June, Banksy found himself in trouble with the British government for trying to sway the general election by offering a free print to anyone who did not vote for Tory candidates. “I have been warned by the Electoral Commission that the free print offer will invalidate the election result. So I regret to announce this ill-conceived and legally dubious promotion has now been canceled,” the artist said in a statement on his website.