In the past Banksy works have been bought for hundreds of thousands by stars
like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
The UK-born artist has done environment themed paintings before. One example
is Monet’s Water Lily Pond showing urban detritus such as litter and a
shopping trolley floating in its reflective waters.
The brochure describes the stencil as “a highly charged image exhibiting
a perfect rendering of the anti-war and anti-capitalist ethos which remains
constant in the artist’s oeuvre”.
It reads: “By depicting an elephant carrying a missile with precarious
wording stamped along the upper and lower edges, Protect from All Elements
translates the artist’s empathy of the elephant’s unavoidable predicament
into a compelling reality. Using uncompromising subject matter conveyed
through the clandestine artist’s iconic duo of images and text, Protect from