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First time at auction for Banksy's 2002 art work, Leopard and Barcode, at Bonhams Urban art sale
Banksy (b. 1975), Leopard and Barcode. Photo: Bonhams.


LONDON.- 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 retailer’s 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: “Banksy’s 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 can’t get enough of him, and his continued anonymity, even following last year’s 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.”






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