Where’s best to buy a Banksy print– at auction or through a private sale? It’s certainly not quite as simple as Googling, ‘Banksy art for sale’, given the proliferation of fakes on the market.
It all depends on your time-scale and budget. We had a quick look around the market to see what’s available over the coming weeks.
Private sales, such as those through MyArtBroker will offer you a more extended period to view and make your decision. They’ll also involve a less frenzied buying experience. But, if you love the thrill of the chase, then we did find some Banksy paintings for sale at the following locations:
AT AUCTION – WHAT WE FOUND
26th October 2015
- Stop and Search, 2007, a screenprint showing Dorothy, Toto and a policeman, numbered 408/500, estimate $7,000- 9,000.
- Trolleys, 2007, showing tribesmen creeping up on some abandoned shopping trolleys, estimate $5,000-7,000.
27th October 2015
Artcurial at FIAC, auction of contemporary urban art. This one-off event includes two rare Banksy paintings
- The Beautiful Winners, 2003, stencil and spray paint on cardboard, showing a masked man hurling a bunch of flowers, estimate of €80,000-120,000.
- Kill People, 2003, estimate €120,000-150,000, stencil and spray paint on wood, showing a baby merrily building alphabet blocks to a backdrop of bombs.
We found “No Upcoming Lots found for Banksy” at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Although there were 11 pieces in Sotheby’s recent ‘Made in Britain’ auction (30 September, London). All of these sold slightly higher-than or about the middle-mark for their estimates. Including a screenprint, Grin Reaper, 2005, that sold for £10,625 against an estimate of £4,000-6,000.
PRIVATE SALES – WHAT’S AVAILABLE
We found over 500 Banksy paintings for sale (price on request) from a range of dealers, mostly based in New York, with some in London – paintings, sculptures and screenprints.
Typically prices run from a few thousand for works in large editions, to single screenprints or paintings for a few thousand, to sculptures (up to a million). An experienced Art Broker can help you find the work you’re looking for here.
The Banksy record remains the $1.87 million for Keep It Spotless his collaboration with Damien Hirst, sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2008 to an anonymous buyer. We wonder where it is now?
MyArtBroker connects Banksy buyers with Banksy sellers, with the specialist input and guidance of dealers in the street art market we are able to offer a safe, simple and secure way of building or selling your art collection.