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JULIEN’S AUCTIONS ANNOUNCES SPRING STREET ART AND CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION

Rare and Exceptional Art Collection Featuring Banksy, Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Warhol, Haring, Matsuyama and more

Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Los Angeles

Banksy’s “Flying Copper

Los Angeles, California – (April 10, 2017) – Julien’s Auctions, the world’s leading street art auction house, has announced its biannual Street Art & Contemporary Art auction featuring rare and exceptional highlights from the world’s most sought after street artists including the controversial graffiti artist Banksy. The Banksy artwork collection, containing nearly a dozen works, is a featured highlight section in the upcoming Street Art & Contemporary Art Auction taking place on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Julien’s Auctions Los Angeles gallery which will feature over 200 lots.

Banksy “Umbrella Rat”

Banksy is arguably one of the most controversial street artists in the world.

After 20 years of remaining completely anonymous, Banksy continues to bear huge influence on the art world, recently announcing the opening of his “Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, a political stunt meant to bring tourists to the war-torn town and encourage dialogue to break down barriers. Banksy came to notoriety as a Street Artist by placing his artworks in conspicuous public spaces including buildings and vehicles. Working with all types of street art media, his works often give voice to a political or social message.

Banksy’s “Trollies

Banksy highlights include “Flying Copper” (2005), a signed, dated work on paper (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000) showing a police dressed in riot gear disarmingly depicted with a yellow smiley face for a head; Banksy’s “Black Bobby” (2003), an original black aerosol on wood panel (Estimate: $20,000-$40,000); Banksy’s “Umbrella Rat” (2003/04), an original black aerosol on metal door panel depicting Banksy’s signature motif, the rat (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000); Banksy’s “Bomb Love” (2004), a silkscreen on paper (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); and Banksy’s “Trollies” (Color), a silkscreen on paper, signed and numbered by the artist (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000). The auction will also feature a significant collection of over 200 works by other iconic street artists along with a vast array of contemporary artists including Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Andy Warhol, Mr. Brainwash, Invader, Keith Haring, STIK, Blek Le Rat, KAWS, SWOON, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Tomo Matsuyama and more.

STIK’s “Sleeping Baby”

Additional highlights include “My Young Blue Blood” by RETNA, an original acrylic and enamel on wood panel (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000); Andy Warhol’s “Mick Jagger II.147 (1975), a screen print on paper signed by both Warhol and Jagger (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000); Shepard Fairey’s “Soldier Wheatpaste,” a large scale screen print on four panels (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000); Shepard Fairey’s “Change 2008,” a screen print of Fairey’s iconic Obama image signed by both Barack Obama and Shepard Fairey (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000); Ryan McCann’s “Death to Shepard Fairey” (2014), a life-size sculpture commenting on the recent overwhelming presence of Street Art in popular culture (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000); Tomo Matsuyama’s NIP (Nothing in Progress) (2004), a significant large scale original acrylic on canvas, over four panels (Estmate: $30,000-$50,000); STIK’s “Sleeping Baby” (Yellow) (2015) signed screen print (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); and Keith Haring “Untitled” (1982 Set), a set of six artist proof prints all signed by Haring with matching AP edition numbers (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

A complete list of all Street and Contemporary Art offered in this sale can be found at http://www.juliensauctions.com.


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About Julien's Auctions

Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.

In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300), including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for $192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car which sold for $500,000.

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. In 2022, Julien’s Auctions sold the world’s second most expensive guitar ever sold at auction with Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar, which sold for $4.5 million.

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