Works by Banksy ignited a bidding frenzy at Bonhams
' inaugural Pop x Culture sale on Thursday 8 October in London with the top lot, Heavy Weaponry, 2000, achieving an impressive £471,062. Another work by Banksy, a screenprint of Girl with Balloon, 2004 (signed), sold for £350,062, almost double the pre-sale estimate.
Three Banksy prints achieved world auction records in the sale:
Girl with Balloon, 2004 (unsigned), sold for £212,562 (estimate: £60,000-80,000).
Laugh Now, 2003 (unsigned), sold for £68,812 (estimate: £15,000-20,000).
Banksy, Gold Flag, 2007 (signed). sold for £72,562 (estimate: £18,000-22,000).
The thematic, cross-departmental auction featured Modern & Contemporary art, prints, entertainment memorabilia and fashion pieces, exploring Street Art, youth culture and all things Pop. The sale made £2,004,935 with 63% sold by lot and 84% sold by value.
Head of Sale, Cassi Young, said: Were delighted with the results of the sale. Pop x Culture was such a fun concept exploring the artists, cultural figures and genres that defined a post-pop world. It is great to see that Pop still has the power to make an impact, and to see works by Banksy, one of the definitive street artists, go with a bang not a pop.
There was further Banksy-mania at Bonhams Prints and Multiples on Wednesday 7 October in Knightsbridge with two works by the artist achieving new world auction records Soup Can (unsigned), which sold for £40,062 (estimate: £7,000-10,000), and Monkey Queen (unsigned), which sold for £35,062 (estimate: £4,000-6,000. Another work by Banksy, Flag (Silver) (unsigned) sold for £31,312, against an estimate of £4,000-6,000.
Carolin von Massenbach, Bonhams Director of Prints in Knightsbridge commented: Were very pleased with the phenomenal success of the prints featured in the Pop x Culture sale, and of the great figures achieved in the Prints and Multiples sale the day before. The record-breaking results for Banksy prove that he remains the most iconic street artist living and working today.
Other highlights of the Pop x Culture sale included:
KAWS (born 1974), Untitled (Calvin Klein), 1999. Sold for £122,562.
Keith Haring (1958-1990), Untitled 2, from Free South Africa, 1985. Sold for £22,562 a world record for the print
BLADE (Steven Ogborn) (born 1957), Illegal Entry, 1984. Sold for £25,062 a new world record.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Mao, 1972. Sold for £43,812.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Vegetable Soup, from Campbell's Soup I, 1968. Sold for £35,062.
Invader (born 1969), Invasion Kit IK.7: Union Space, 2007. Sold for £13,812.
Banksys Oh My God, 2006, a unique work which featured in his landmark Barely Legal Exhibition in Los Angeles in 2006, will lead Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale on 22 October in London. It has an estimate of £700,000-1,000,000.