Under the Hammer

What is Under The Hammer?

JAKBOX is a boundary-busting artist-led collective, proud to present UNDER THE HAMMER, a new artwork created by Simon Williams, with more than a nod to Marcel Duchamp’s use of the "readymade" and this year's centenary of his Fountain!

JAKBOX will hold 17 weekly auctions of (Un)originals, commencing 17th April. Only one lot will be offered for sale each week, at 11am every Monday. The auction will close at 11am on the following Monday, when the next lot will be revealed. Each week’s offering will be sold to the highest bidder, with no reserve; if the lot remains unsold, the work will be destroyed. Its destruction will be filmed and posted on the UNDER THE HAMMER website.

Playing with the idea of what is ‘original’ in art, the lots may be pastiches, or near replicas of works by well-known artists, in any medium; they may be an homage to a work which has inspired or impacted in some way on Simon.

UNDER THE HAMMER takes a wry look at the shift from a time when rather staid art salerooms offered private views for potential connoisseur buyers. Today, a piece of art may be bought for a few pounds on ebay or, at the other end of the spectrum, vast sums may change hands for a piece by a ‘name’.

A piece of art for as little as a penny plus delivery - or its destruction... your choice!