Banksy returns under the hammer of two auctions in September
The auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s each will hold the sale exclusively dedicated to the mysterious artist Banksy in September.
They hope that the aura of the street-artist, who created the shock with the self-destruction of a silkscreen last October, will reach new records.
After covering the walls of London, New York and Paris, the works of the street artist now regularly appear in the auction houses. Two of them will devote the sales in September.
Sotheby’s : «Banksy/Online» September 6
Banksy’s creations will be in the spotlight at the Sotheby’s Auction House on September 6th in a sale called “Banksy/Online”.
For two weeks, some of the best-known serigraphs of the artist will be auctioned such as :
- “Welcome to Hell” estimated between 18,000 and 22,000 pounds
- “Pulp Fiction” between 12,000 and 18,000 pounds
- “Donuts Strawberry“, estimated between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds
- a new print of “Girl with balloon” , estimated between 60,000 and 80,000 pounds
As soon as the auction was over, a device hidden in the frame had destroyed the work.
A new screenprint of this stencil will be on sale by Sotheby’s.
The American auction house bought by French billionaire Patrick Drahi on this June, intends to surf the effect produced by its sensational sale of “Girl with balloon“, risen to 1.4 million euros last October.
According to Kirsteen Davidson of the Print Department at Sotheby’s, the September sale was already scheduled before Banksy would destroy his “Girl with Balloon” last year.
But the excitement around the street artist and its ascending scale prove that they are right.
“For the last two years, Banksy’s prints have been gaining momentum in the art market,”Kirsteen Davidson
Therefore, it seems natural to exploit this worldwide interest for Bansky by presenting a sale exclusively dedicated to his works.
Christie’s : «I can’t believe you morons actually buy this shit.»
September 11 to 24
It actually comes from Banksy’s cheeky screenprint, which will be sold at the online auction from September 11th to 24th.
The name of the sale organized by Christie’s may seem counterproductive.
Christie’s sale will also feature several famous pieces by the anonymous artist, Banksy. Among them :
- several versions of “Choose your weapon” estimated between 30,000 and 50,000 pounds
- “Stop and search” estimated between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds
- “CND Soldiers” estimated between 15,000 and 25,000 pounds
- “Girl With Balloon (Gold)” – the little girl with her golden balloon – it is usually red – is estimated at between 150,000 and 250,000 pounds
“We do not know how many pieces with different colors were made, but this is the first time that one of them is on sale”James Baskerville, the head of prints at Christie’s
The star piece will be a rare prof of the artist, “Girl With Balloon (Gold)”, an unpublished version of the twenty-five copies of the self-destructing work.
The complete list is not yet fixed, but the total estimate of the sale is estimated at 500,000 pounds.
“I can’t believe you morons actually buy this shit” the work that gave its name to the sale, hijacked a picture of Christie’s record sale of one of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in 1987.
As a return of irony, it will be offered to buyers in September.
Maybe it will inspire a cheeky artist for few years.