Banksy’s Rude Copper (2002), a screen-print and spray-painted image of a British bobby making a rude gesture, was the top seller, going for $63,500 against a high estimate of $23,000 ::::
Bonham auction house said Banksy prints from the collection of Steve Lazarides, a promoter of street art, made $846,000, with 30 of the works selling above their high estimates.
Christ With Shopping Bags (2004), a re-imagining of crucifixion imagery, made $44,000 and Flower Thrower (2003) sold for $40,000.
Laugh Now (2004) and Festival (2006) both sold for more than double their high estimates.
Banksy is the pseudonym of a graffiti artist who first emerged in Bristol, England, as part of an underground group of street artists.
He hides his identity and real name and his works are highly sought after by art collectors.
The top lot at the auction was Irish artist Conor Harrington’s Dance With The Devil (2013), an oil and spray paint on stretched linen, which sold for $151,000.
Paintings by Harrington, who started his career as a graffiti artist in the mid-1990s, have been bought by celebrity collectors including Alicia Keys, Jared Leto and Damien Hirst.
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