Sir Elton John’s “Flower Thrower Triptych” by Banksy Sells for $1.9 Million at Christie’s New York Auction

The art world was buzzing with excitement as Sir Elton John’s “Flower Thrower Triptych” by Banksy went up for auction at Christie’s New York for “The Collection of Sir Elton John: Opening Night“. The piece was LOT 13, which had an estimated value of $1-1.5 million and was the most expensive lot at the auction.

The bidding began at $750,000, with the hammer falling at $1,550,000. The final realised price was $1,925,500, cementing Banksy’s position as one of the most sought-after urban artists.

Image Copyright Christie’s NYC

The “Flower Thrower Triptych” is a three-panel work that depicts a masked figure throwing a bouquet of flowers like a Molotov cocktail.

Banksy’s “Flower Thrower Triptych.” Image copyright Christies Auction NYC

So, what is it about this particular piece that made it so desirable?

The inspiration behind the “Flower Thrower” artwork by Banksy was drawn from the images of protests that served as a major influence. Banksy had originally sketched an earlier version of the piece in 1999, which was later presented at his first exhibition in 2000.

“I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in – like peace and justice and freedom.”

Banksy, ‘Wall and Piece’ pg 24

Banksy painted “Flower Thrower” directly onto the 760km West Bank Wall separating Israel from Palestine in 2003. The mural symbolises the need for peace and love rather than violence.

Banksy - Love is in the Air (Flower Thrower) Image @

Banksy – Love is in the Air (Flower Thrower) Image @

The Flower Thrower Triptych

In 2017, Banksy launched the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, where he showcases a triptych of his renowned ‘Love is in the Air / Flower Thrower’ inside the Piano bar. The artwork is split into three and encased in a gold frame. Moreover, the piece is adorned with genuine dried flowers originating from a vase resting on the table.

The Walled Off Hotel, Bethlehem, West Bank.

Sir Elton John

1n 2017, to inaugurate the debut of the colonialism-themed piano bar at “The Walled Off Hotel“, Sir Elton John was invited by Banksy to perform remotely on the opening night. This was just the beginning of the hotel’s plan to feature regular remote musical performances in their piano bar, showcasing a diverse range of talented musicians. This is the same year Sir Elton John acquired the “Flower Thrower Triptych”.

The fact that the piece comes from Sir Elton John’s personal collection only adds to its allure. Sir Elton has long been a supporter of art and has amassed an impressive collection over the years. His taste is eclectic, from classic modernist works to cutting-edge pieces by emerging artists. The sale of the “Flower Thrower Triptych” is a testament to the enduring power of Banksy’s work and the growing demand for urban art among VIP collectors. It also highlights the importance of provenance in the art world. The fact that the piece comes from Sir Elton John’s collection adds a layer of authenticity and prestige that is hard to replicate.

Banksy, Walled Off Hotel, Piano Bar, Bethlehem

Banksy, Walled Off Hotel, Piano Bar, Bethlehem. Image copyright Banksy

GDP Flower Thrower Triptych

In 2019, Banksy opened a homewares store called “Gross Domestic Product ™” in Croydon, London, featuring a unique selection of items designed by Banksy. The store offered homewares and lifestyle products, including mugs, doormats, and rugs, all with Banksy’s signature style. The store was created in response to legal action against Banksy by a greeting card company attempting to take legal custody of the artist’s name. Banksy’s Flower Thrower triptych was part of this exhibition.

Banksy, Gross domestic product Store, Croydon. Image © Banksy

During Banksy’s “Gross Domestic Product”, the elusive artist released a VIP “GDP Flower Thrower (Grey)” as a 300 edition Signed Screen print on 1500 micron board. The triptych piece is framed to the same artist’s spec displayed at Banksy’s “Gross Domestic Product” show.

Banksy, GDP Flower Thrower Triptych, Gross domestic product Store, Croydon. Image © Banksy

Enquire to purchase artwork.

At the Banksy Gross Domestic Product exhibition, a few ‘GDP Flower Thrower’ pieces that depicted only the bouquet were randomly given out to kids below 16 years of age.

Banksy – GDP Flower Thrower

Purchase artwork here.

The sale of Sir Elton John’s “Flower Thrower Triptych” by Banksy for an astounding $XX million is a testament to the enduring power and value of urban art. The piece’s distinctive style, political commentary, and unique provenance make it a standout work that will be remembered for years. While the high prices of art may be controversial, they also reflect the passion and dedication of collectors and enthusiasts willing to invest in the cultural significance of these works.

For those who missed out on the chance to bid on the “Flower Thrower Triptych,” there are plenty of other opportunities to acquire works by Banksy and other urban artists. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a newcomer to the art world, there’s never been a better time to explore the vibrant and exciting world of urban art.

Please view our online store for Banksy artworks, including the VIP Framed GDP Flower Thrower (Grey) and GDP Flower. Both pieces are currently in stock and ready for worldwide delivery.



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