There were times that Banksy‘s art would sit at art galleries unsold or sold for a few hundred dollars at best. The art galleries were not the most exclusive of this world but this is what would happen to his contemporary art. Today, I Lobo You takes a look at The Most Expensive Art by Banksy that have been sold at auctions throughout the artist’s career.
Banksy’s piece Space Girl and Bird, created in 2000, was part of a series of designs, commissioned by the British band Blur for the cover of their “Think Tank” album.
Banksy’s Rembrandt is a practical joke aimed to question preconceptions of differences between great, classic art and modern, urban art.
The times have changed and people seek raw art, the one that makes them talk, that provokes and evokes and Banksy is keen on that. Now, the modern artist has broken a few records with his work.
On February 14, 2008, Sotheby’s from New York auctioned this Banksy’s sculptural graffiti piece, dated 2005, which caused quite a stir when it first appeared on the streets in Soho, London.
The Rude Lord is a bold and funny oil on canvas painting done in an old master style.
In this work, Banksy engaged in a direct dialogue with art history by appropriating Guido Reni’s 1621 masterpiece Bacchus and Ariadne.
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The buyers and the audience were in for a surprise since the piece started to self-destruct through the shredder hidden in the frame before the very eyes of the attendees.
The growing cult following of this elusive artist and the mysteriousness shrouded around his identity makes his work to be incredibly sought after. And people are really willing to buy his provocative art for a lot of money.
Auctioned on February 14th, 2008, during the Sotheby’s Charity auction in New York, the amount of money paid for Keep it Spotless, a piece of urban art caught everyone by surprise, making it the most expensive Banksy ever sold. But you just wait.
Here’s the last one! The estimated price for this one was $2 million, but the amount that it was actually paid for, left everyone pretty shocked. But it’s Banksy afterall, the unexpected happens all the time.