An art work entitled Leopard and Barcode by the celebrated graffiti artist, Banksy, is to be sold at Bonhams
, New Bond Street, as part of its Urban Art Sale on 29 March 2012. Acquired directly from an exhibition entitled Existencilism at the 33 1/3 Gallery, Los Angeles by the present owner, this is the first time that the work has been seen at auction. One of five editions and signed Banksy on the reverse, it has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £60,000 80,000.
The sale features seventeen works by Banksy in total, with several outstanding originals. One of the highlights is Girl and Balloon, 2009 (estimate £15,000 25,000), which has been sprayed on to the cardboard backing of an Ikea frame and is inscribed Quality by the artist on the retailers label.
Highlights also include Bomb Hugger, 2002 (estimate £40,000 60,000) and Love is in the Air, 2002 (estimate £40,000 60,000), both acquired from the Existencilism exhibition in Los Angeles; and a screen print of British supermodel Kate Moss, 2005, which has been estimated at £30,000 50,000.
More affordable works include CND Soldiers, 2006 (estimate £3,000 5,000; Nola (Pea Green/Blue Rain), 2008 (estimate £5,000 8,000); Trolleys, 2007 (estimate £3,000 5,000); and Morons, 2007 (estimate £3,000 5,000).
Alan Montgomery, Urban Art Specialist at Bonhams, says: Banksys popularity still goes from strength to strength, with the market for his work certainly following suit. We are excited to be offering this group of works, which includes some of his best known and most sought after images. It seems that the public just cant get enough of him, and his continued anonymity, even following last years Oscar nomination, only adds to his enigma. Increased international interest means that he is no longer just collected in the UK, but now has a truly global following.