Influenced by the social and political issues, street art has a fascinating history. Born in New York in the 1970s, it has come a long way from its vandalism roots to become ‘sights to see’ in many cities throughout the world. Moreover, street art in all its many forms is now mainstream, largely due to Banksy and other popular artists creating true masterpieces in various public spaces like highway overpasses, exterior building walls, and sidewalks. Some works are so valuable that people extract them from the walls to further sell them at auctions for tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. For example, one of the latest Banksy murals in New York will also soon be extracted from the wall of the former Mobil gas station in Brooklyn and transported to a more secure place.
However, you do not need to cut the wall out to take a piece of valuable street art home with you. artnet Auctions offers an amazing opportunity to purchase exceptional works by some of the most sought-after street artists, including limited-edition pieces by Banksy. Our favorite one is “No Ball Games” (2009), a numbered edition of screenprints in colors on wove paper. It is estimated at $25,000 – 35,000.
Among other Banksy’s works available for online bidding at artnet Auctions Urban Art Sale are “Lenin on Roller Skates” (spray paint on canvas, estimated at $100,000 – 150,000), “Love Rat” (screenprint in colors on wove paper, estimated at $10,000 – 15,000), “Golf Sale” (screenprint on wove paper, estimated at $8,000 – 12,000), and “Silver Flag” (screenprint on silver paper, estimated at $6,000 – 8,000).
Since moving Banksy walls is not that easy, artnet Auctions gives just a perfect opportunity to collect exceptional works by the elusive British artist without any hassle. Urban Art Sale is live now through June 27.