Posted: 27 Sep 2011 02:39 AM PDT
A little round up of some upmarket Banksy news over which I'm guessing he has little control and a review of another recently released Banksy locations app:
Partners in crime Bankrobber Gallery and the Keszler Gallery have teamed up to have a show of their cut out of the wall Banksy pieces. They have a ridiculous looking video, all dark and mysterious and more than a bit cliched, which documents their journey to basically buy a piece of wall. Apparently they are at pains to point out that they didn't organise the work being taken from the street in its original location of Palestine, they just bought it after it had been removed to sell on to someone else at what they no doubt will hope to be a huge profit. This is pretty much the street art equivalent of saying "we're only selling ivory, we didn't actually kill the elephant ourselves".
Bonhams meanwhile had an auction of authenticated Banksy works which went for serious money including screen prints at £13K and canvases for up to 100K. It would seem that while shares are on the slide the world over the art market remains in places very buouyant.
Sotheby's have some Banksy pieces coming up too. 'Ballerina With Action Man Parts', a version of which was on show at 2009's Banksy versus Bristol Museum Exhibition, is from an edition of 6 and has a guide price of £40,000 to £60,000.
Banksy: Ballerina With Action Man Parts
'Bullet Proof David', constructed out of enamel. Fibreglass and wax from an edition of three one of which was seen at the Cans Festival is expected to sell for between £120,000 to £180,000. Finally a bronze rat from an edition of 12 has an estimate of £50,000 to £70,000. This piece is unique in that it has acrylic paint on the rat's brush.
Banksy: Bullet Proof David