Several works by the renowned graffiti artist Banksy are to be sold at Bonhams
, New Bond Street, as part of its Urban Art sale on 21 September 2011. Leading the way is a work featuring one of Banksys most iconic images, the monkey, entitled Monkey Detonator, which has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £70,000 90,000. Executed in 2000, this canvas displays the typically dark sense of humour which has endeared Banksy to both art collectors and the general public.
Other original Banksys featured in the sale include HMV Dog (estimate £10,000 15,000); Precision Bombing (£15,000 25,000); Watchtower Collaboration Blu (estimate £10,000 15,000); and Balloon Girl (estimate £20,000 30,000).
Chinese Soldier by American contemporary artist and graphic designer, Shepard Fairey, one of only seven hand painted works produced by the artist, is another sale highlight, attracting a pre-sale estimate of £20,000 30,000. Fairey is best-known for his iconic Barack Obama Change poster in support of Obamas 2008 presidential campaign and has recently featured in the first major US museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. The sale also features several other works by the artist, including Duality of Humanity (£15,000 20,000), Commandante 1, 2, 3 and 4 (estimate £10,000 15,000) and Blank Panther (£3,000 5,000).
An exciting addition to the auction scene is Joe Rush, a British artist best-known for his works using salvaged junk and industrial parts. His first two works to ever appear at auction, Boxer No 3 (Mad Jock) and Blue Boy, have attracted pre-sale estimates of £2,500 3,000 respectively. Rush, who, at the request of Banksy, exhibited his sculptures at Santas Ghetto and MuTATE Britain, has worked extensively on the Festival circuit, this year winning best Festival field at Glastonbury as voted for by the Telegraph.
A photocall will take place at Bonhams, New Bond Street on Friday 16 September further details to be announced.