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Banksy Triumphs At Bonhams Marathon In London

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Martin Cid
Editor of Martin Cid Magazine. Author of 14 books

Girl with Balloon by Banksy (born 1975) emerged as the top lot at the end of Bonhams marathon two-day Prints and Multiples sale in London on 18 and 19 June, selling for £112,563.  It had been estimated at £60,000-80,000. The sale made a total of £1,136,569 with 78% sold by lot and 85% by value.

BANKSY (British, b. 1975) Girl with Balloon. Sold for £112,562

Among other works by Banksy were:

  • Donuts (Strawberry). Sold for £40,063 (estimate £20,000-30,000)
  • Rude Copper. Sold for £30,063 (estimate £8,000-12,000)

The two-day sale was curated jointly by Bonhams Director of Prints, Lucia Tro Santafe, and by the Director of the Prints Department at Knightsbridge Carolin van Massenbach. Lucia and Carolin commented: “This was our first sale as co-curators and we are delighted with the outcome. We set out to create a sale that would have the broadest possible appeal, from Old Master prints to works by the most in-demand of contemporary printmakers such as Banksy, and the results have more than justified our approach.”

Other highlights included:

  • Pool Made with Paper and Blue Ink for Book by David Hockney (born 1937).  Sold for £32,563 (estimate: £15,000-25,000).
  • Overcoming Optimism by Harland Miller (born 1964). Sold for £28,313 (estimate: £10,000-15,000)
  • Going to the Match by L.S. Lowry (1887-19). Sold for £25,063 (estimate: £15,000-25,000).
  • Harbour of Flushing by Edward Wadsworth (1889-1949). Sold for £15,063 (estimate £5,000-7,000).

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