Banksy work to be auctioned in Beverly Hills


Several rare pieces of Banksy art will be auctioned on Thursday December 5 in a Street Art Auction held by entertainment and music memorabilia auction house Julien’s Auctions

The auction, held at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery, will include an original mural titled Flower Girl, which formerly occupied a Los Angeles gas station, plus four more Banksy originals.

Happy Choppers (2002), is an aerosol stencil depicting a squadron of armed military helicopters with the lead “chopper” dressed in a pink bow. The piece is signed by Banksy using a multi-colored layered font. The street work was discovered in Central London at the Whitecross Street Market in 2002. It is estimated to fetch $150,000-$200,000.

TV Girl (2003/04) is a three-color stencil and freehand work, depicting a young girl embracing a television set. This piece was executed by Banksy during his German tour of 2003/2004 on the door panels of a Draco transformer box originally located on the corner of Gipsstrasse and Joachimstrasse in Berlin-Mitte. Signed by Banksy to lower right, the piece is accompanied with works by additional street artists including a sticker reading “Kunst für Alle” (Art for All), a stenciled tag reading “Hype,” and an obscene remark directed specifically at Banksy. It is estimated to fetch $80,000-$120,000.

The other pieces are Umbrella Rat (2003/04), which is estimated to fetch $40,000-$60,000, and Black Bobby (2003), estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Also included in the sale are a pair of stenciled wall panels created by Banksy for his 2006 Barely Legal exhibition in Los Angeles.