Can you afford a Banksy print? How about a Banksy original piece? Or a Banksy mural, straight from the wall? We look at what you get for your money.
Banksy sold works for a few hundred pounds at the start of his career, now pieces can go for over a million – but there are still some affordable ones at auction. Here’s a rundown of what you might buy for your budget.
Over £1 million
For millionaires, moguls and tycoons…
$1.87 million: Keep it Spotless (2007). Sold at Sotheby’s, New York, 2008 (estimate $250-$350,000) Not strictly all Banksy’s work – this is a collaboration with Damien Hirst. You get a bona fide Hirst spot painting slyly defaced by Banksy. It shows a hotel maid pulling up the Hirst to sweep dust under the carpet. This was a charity auction, so perhaps that helped push the price up.
For the seriously quite wealthy…
£722,500: Submerged Phone Booth (2006). Sold at Philips, London, 2015 (estimate £300,000 – 500,000)
Acquired directly from the artist and sold by a private collector. It had previously been on display in the collection of ‘Gordon Lockley and Dr. George T. Shea’ in Florida. This red phone box appears to be sinking into/or emerging from the ground beneath it.
$605,000: Vandalized Phone Box (2005). Sold Sotheby’s New York, 2008 (estimate $200-300,000)
This first sculpture of a red phone box appeared in Soho Square, London in 2005, and was shortly after recovered by Westminster Environmental Services. Three years later is was sold off by the council in New York.
£398,500: Rembrandt, 2009. Sold Philips, London, 2014 (Estimate £150,000 – 250,000)
A “vandalized” self-portrait of the Old Master complete with googly eyes. It sold from a ‘private Collection in Australia’ and was first seen in Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Banksy v Bristol Museum, 2009
Less than £100,000
For the quite well off…
£145,250: Bird and Grenade. Sold Christie’s, London, 2011 (estimate £30,000 – £50,000)
Sold by Galerie Surface to Air, Paris, who acquired it in 2003. As seen in The Dragon Bar, Santa’s Ghetto, London, 2002. Tagged in white spray ‘banksy’ (lower right). Oil and spray enamel on found canvas. This work is unique.
£73,250: Happy Choppers, 2002. Sold Christie’s, London, 2008 (estimate £40,000 – £60,000)
Acrylic and spray-enamel on canvas depicting a helicopter sporting a pretty yellow hair bow. Stencilled ‘BANKSY’ (lower left). This work is unique in this format. Sold by AndA Boutique, Tokyo, who acquired it in 2002.
Less than £10,000
For the more modest collector…
£5,250: Soup Can Original (2005). Sold at Philips. London, 2012 (estimate £3,000-4,000) Screenprint in colours, 2005, signed and dated in pencil, inscribed and numbered AP 4/10 (an artist’s proof aside from the edition of 50 and 250), published by Pictures on Walls.
£3,250: Golf Sale (2003). Sold at Philips, London, 2015 (estimate £2,500-3,500) Small screenprint depicting tanks advancing on a man holding a ‘golf sale’ sign. (One of 600 unsigned impressions, with the artist’s copyright stamp, published by Pictures on Walls)