A selection of works by Banksy will lead the forthcoming biannual Street & Contemporary Art sale at Julien’s Auctions.
An extraordinary collection of work by the elusive street artist is expected to achieve more than $500,000 when it crosses the block in Los Angeles next month.
Leading the collection is ‘Happy Choppers’, an original aerosol stencil of armed military helicopters dressed with a pink bow. Created in London’s Whitecross Street Market in 2002, the signed stencil on board comes with an estimate of $100,000-$150,000.
Another major work on offer is ‘I Heart Boys’, a large-scale original mural dating from 2005, depicting a boy painting a pink heart on the wall of a London residency, now detached from the building and offered with an estimate of $80,000-$120,000.
Further Banksy works on offer will include ‘Bomb Love’ (2003), estimated at $25,000-$30,000; ‘Nola’ (2009), estimated at $25,000-$30,000; ‘Morons’ (2006), valued at $20,000-$25,000); ‘Crazy Horse’ (2013), estimated at $60,000-$80,000); and ‘Stop and Search’ (2007), valued at $8,000-$10,000.
Aside from Banksy, the sale will feature a significant collection of more than 30 works by the iconic street artist Shepard Fairey, such as the original 2014 work on canvas ‘Paradise Turns’, estimated at $30,000-$50,000, ‘Walk The Line’ (2005), valued at $25,000-$35,000, and ‘Obey 95’ (2005), priced at $16,000-$18,000.
Other influential urban artists featured in the sale include Space Invader, RETNA, Ben Eine, Rene Gagnon, Zevs, D*Face, Faile, Kaws, Ludo, Dolk, Saber, Nick Walker, Hush and Paul Insect.
The auction will also offer a strong line-up of contemporary artworks, by the likes of Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg and Yayoi Kusama.
The Julien’s Auctions Street & Contemporary Art sale takes place in Los Angeles on Saturday April 30.