Banksy prints highlight Bonhams contemporary art sale



2015-06-26 11:26:38

A forthcoming Bonhams auction will include 30 limited edition Banksy prints, direct from the personal collection of his former agent Steve Lazarides.

The prints will be amongst the highlights of the Founded 1793 contemporary art sale, which takes place at Bonhams New Bond Street on January 28.

Lazarides met the Bristol-born street artist during the early days of his career, and began selling his work "out of the boot of my car in a pub car-park".

"In the early years I spent my days driving my clapped-out old Escort MK 2 delivering the little Banksy books to shops all over London, and stuffing handfuls of stickers into print tubes," said Lazarides. "Those early days were chaotic and fearless. It was one of the best periods of my life, and without him there would be no Lazarides Gallery. The commercial side of things started with screenprints, in part to pay for the exhibitions."

Lazarides was one of the leading figures in the transition which took street art into galleries, promoting countless artists around the world. "It there had been one individual responsible for whipping up and sustaining the fever around urban art, it was Steve Lazarides," commented Andrew Childs of The Financial Times.

Amongst the notable lots will be prints of Banksy's iconic works Flower Thrower (2003), Rude Copper (2002), and Christ With Shopping Bags (2004), each expected to sell for £8,000-£12,000.

"I still believe in the power of the print medium, and love the way it serves as a gateway for many people to access the world of art collecting. For many people, the only way of owning a piece of art by their favourite artists is via a print."

"I have decided to open up my personal vault and let go some of my collection, and I hope whoever lands up with them derives as much enjoyment from them as I have had."

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