Banksy murals lead Julien's Street Art sale



2015-07-29 15:50:15

Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills has announced details of its upcoming annual Street Art sale, which includes three major works by Banksy amongst its highlights.

First up is the large mural 'Donkey Documents', originally situated on a wall in Bethlehem. The piece dates from 2007, and was created as part of Banksy's series of works along the concrete barrier dividing the Palestinian West Bank from Israel.

Depicting a donkey having its identification papers checked by an armed Israeli soldier, the mural draws parallels between the region's security situation and the story of the Christmas nativity. Having been removed intact from its original setting, the mural is now valued at $400,000-$600,000.

The second major Banksy mural on offer is 'I Remember When All This Was Trees', executed in 2010. The mural was originally located on the wall of the derelict Packard automobile factory in Detroit, Michigan – a symbol of the struggles the city has faced since the collapse of the US motor industry and the global financial crisis of 2007.

Executed in four-colour stencil and freehand, the work comes with an estimate of $200,000-$400,000.

The third Banksy work set to cross the auction block is the stencilled image 'Bomb Hugger' depicting a young girl with her arms wrapped around a bomb. The artwork, sprayed onto a section of cardboard, was one of the pieces handed out by the artist to protestors at an anti-war demonstration in London in 2003.

A similar piece from the protest surpassed all expectations in 2014, when it smashed its estimate to sell at Julien's for more than $35,000, and the current work is expected to sell for a similar amount.

Further highlights will include the piece 'Johnny Rotten' by Shepard Fairey, estimated at $10,000-$20,000, along with works by Blek le Rat, D*Face, Nick Walker, Space Invader, Ron English, Ben Eine, Rene Gagnon, Retna, Craola and  Wrdsmth.

The Julien's Auctions Street Art sale will take place on September 30.

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