Mixed results for Banksy lots in Miami auction


Elusive UK street artist Banksy’s famous Kissing Coppers mural, originally painted on the wall of a Brighton pub, sold for $575,000 at Fine Art Auctions in Miami on Tuesday, but two other Banksy works went unsold after bidding failed to meet their minimum price tags.

Bandaged Heart Balloon, which originally appeared on a Red Hook warehouse, was estimated at $400,000-$600,000 and a car door taken from Banksy’s Better Out Than In 2013 New York City residency was expected to fetch $200,000-$300,000.

The Banksy pieces were offered for sale by New York art dealer Stephan Keszler.

Kissing Coppers was the sale’s top lot by a large margin. Other notable lots include Swinging Diamonds, a drawing by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which sold for $218,500 and Felix the Cat, a stencil and spray paint work on canvas by New York graffiti artist Seen, which soared past its estimate of $40,000-$50,000 to fetch $86,500.