A piece of art by Banksy was spared the bonfire at the inaugural Martin Miller’s Gin Flaming Art Festival in Wookey Hole, Somerset on June 21st. An anonymous bidder paid £1,600 for the painted floor joist signed ‘Banksy’ at the first of Martin Miller’s Flaming Art Festivals. Martin says: “Under any other circumstances a piece of wood would be eminently suitable for burning, but this Banksy piece was delivered to Glencot House Hotel by a guy wearing a pulled down base ball cap and sunglasses yesterday afternoon.” Glencot House is close to Bristol, where the reclusive Banksy originates and home to his latest exhibition. Any art that was not bought at the auction, which raised £4,500 for charity, was burnt on the bonfire.
Martin Miller’s Gin Flaming Red Snapper and Chilli Bees Knees cocktails were served to bidders by award-winning mixologists using Martin’s eponymous gin.