First time at auction for Banksy's 2002 art work, Leopard and Barcode, at Bonhams Urban Art Sale

29 Mar 2012, Urban Art

First time at auction for Banksy's 2002 art work, Leopard and Barcode, at Bonhams Urban Art Sale

29 Mar 2012, Urban Art

First time at auction for Banksy's 2002 art work, Leopard and Barcode, at Bonhams Urban Art Sale

29 Mar 2012, Urban Art

First time at auction for Banksy's 2002 art work, Leopard and Barcode, at Bonhams Urban Art Sale

29 Mar 2012, Urban Art

Among seventeen works by Banksy on offer with estimates ranging from £2,500 - 80,000

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. 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), where the artist has painted his iconic image directly onto the cardboard backing of an Ikea frame. Next to the Swedish company's label on the reverse he has added the word "quality."

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 market fresh 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."


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com