Street artworks for sale
Julien’s Auctions has announced its annual Street Art Auction taking place September 30, 2015, in their Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard. The auction will again offer a finely curated assortment of works produced by the most significant and collectible artists in the urban art movement. Highlighting the sale will be murals created by the illusive Banksy: Donkey Documents (Estimate: $400,000-$600,000) created in Bethlehem in 2007 and I Remember When All This Was Trees coming from Detroit and painted in 2010, while Banksy was launching his documentary Exit through the Gift Shop.
Looking at the catalogue, we have discovered several other artworks coming from the street signed by Banksy, as Sperm Alarm, but also four Invader's mosaics taken off in Paris and a wheatpaste on wood by Shepard Fairey figuring Johnny Rotten.
Most street art fans hate this kind of auctions, because they consider that street art has to be... in the street. Some auction's houses, like Artcurial and Digard in Paris no more accept artworks "stolen" in the street, also because these artworks are not authentified by the artists. Nevertheless, some collectors seem to really appreciate this specific kind of objects. They love their rough appereance and consider them as original and not copies, like pieces coming from galleries. For most, it'd be illogical to pay an artwork coming from the street and with no COA more than a piece authentificated by the artist, but this is now a permanent feature of the street art market.