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Gerald Scarfe’s Paintings From Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Are For Sale

Kevin Winter / Anthony Harvey, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Anthony Harvey, Getty Images

The iconic artwork Gerald Scarfe created for Pink Floyd‘s The Wall — the original record, the 1982 film adaptation and the various times it’s gone on tour — were crucial towards driving home the brutality of the themes Roger Waters was writing about. Now, many of Scarfe’s paintings from The Wall are being sold.

The sale is being handled by the San Francisco Art Exchange, with the works coming directly from his private collection. This includes The Scream, the painting of a screaming face against a blue background that served as the film’s post, The Teacher, which was projected onstage during “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” and a sketch of The Gross Inflatable Pig that Waters used when he brought a star-studded production of the record to Germany in honor of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1990.

While nine of the 11 pieces range in size from 23.5″ x 33″ to 39.5″ x 59″, the largest of the bunch is the original storyboard for the movie, which is comprised of 50 panels and measures 39.5″ x 98.5″.

You can see everything that’s available at the San Francisco Art Exchange’s website, and you can request a catalog that contains more information on the paintings, including the prices. Unlike many other rock memorabilia that we’ve seen over the years, this not an auction, but a sale. The artwork, either as a collection or individually, will be sold to the “first buyer to agree to price and terms.”

When Ultimate Classic Rock spoke with Waters in 2015, he told us how Scarfe’s work on the film clued him into another layer of the story that even its creator didn’t know existed. “His animations pointed us towards memories of the second World War and how difficult that was for people being bombed and those of us that lost family members like I did during that conflict,” Waters said.

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