The Steve Lazarides collection of Banksy prints made £434,600 at Founded 1793, the contemporary lifestyle auction which took place at Bonhams
New Bond Street yesterday (28 January). The sale, which also introduced a large-scale painting by Conor Harrington and works by leading contemporary artists such as Peter Doig, Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn fetched more than £1,000,000 in total.
Continuing the Bonhams tradition of successful involvement with Banksys market, his works performed extremely well, with 30 selling above their high estimates. The top-selling lot was Rude Copper (2002), a screen-print and spray-paint on paper depicting a policeman raising a middle-finger to the viewer, which sold for £32,500 against a high estimate of £12,000.
Christ with Shopping Bags (2004), a thought-provoking reimagining of traditional crucifixion imagery, made £22,500 against a high estimate of £12,000 and Laugh Now (2004) and Festival (2006) both made £20,000, after high estimates of £8,000 and £6,000 respectively.
The auctions top lot was Conor Harringtons Dance With the Devil (2013), a striking oil and spray paint on stretched linen work measuring 200 by 250 cm, which sold for £77,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £30,000-50,000. Paintings by Harrington, who started his career working as a graffiti artist in the mid-nineties, have been bought by celebrity collectors including Alicia Keys, Jared Leto and Damien Hirst.
From the contemporary design section of the auction, Kam Tins three Cloud tables, fashioned from polished brass, fetched £25,000 after pre-sale estimates of £12,000-18,000, while Maquette for a Chair by Allen Jones RA smashed its high estimate of £3,000 to make £22,500.
Ralph Taylor, Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Art at Bonhams, said: We are delighted with the success of the auction. The concept was to create an engaging and imaginative sale that celebrated a variety of Contemporary Lifestyle touchstones and at estimates that invite participation from all collectors. Furthermore, this result is a clear demonstration of Banksys importance as a figure at the heart of Contemporary Art with a thriving market and pan-global interest. We follow this collection with two major original paintings by the artist in our forthcoming sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art in London on 12 February, an auction we welcome with huge anticipation.