The most expensive work of street artists
Since the beginning of October, the British street artist Banksy's "attacks" the streets of New York. His project "Better Out Than In" - this outdoor exhibition: every day new work Banksy appear in different areas of the city. In addition, it is under the guise of an unknown artist has arranged the sale of copies of his graffiti in Central Park. The campaign ended in failure: Banksy managed to sell only eight drawings for $ 60 apiece. And despite the fact that the real value of these works, according to expert estimates, is $ 200 000. The comparative amounts are estimated and are graffiti that Banksy leaves on the facades of houses. In 2008 one of his works "Keep It Spotless" was sold for nearly $ 1, 9 million.
The British are not the only street artist, whose works represent a monetary value: in 2008, one of the oldest auction house, Bonhams London, street art has allocated to certain trades. Prices, which are leaving the street patterns, allow for a fresh look at the graffiti. For those who do not want to accidentally destroy something that has a real monetary value, we have compiled a list of the most expensive street paintings.
Chaz Bohorkez "Señor Suerte" (1979)
Price: $ 50,000
Sold in October 2012
Chaz Bohorkez - American artist from Los Angeles, one of the "veterans" of street art. He was born in 1949 and received a serious academic education. Bohorkez studied sculpture and ceramics in Guadalajara (Mexico) and then studied architecture and the local high school math. In 1969 he joined the art school Cal Arts School and began to learn calligraphy with Master Yun Chung Chang. Graffiti, in which the influence of the Mexican culture and calligraphy skills, felt he began to make to order in 1969, and in 1986 carried away and illegal street art. His work can be found in 35 countries (in the late 1970s, he went on a world tour), as well as solo and group exhibitions.
JR "Street Kid, Favela Morro da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil" (2008)
Price: $ 50,333
Sold in January 2011
Frenchman JR revealed only their initials. It is known that he was born in 1984 and lives in Paris, where most of the work and find it (though the picture on the photos he made in Brazil in the framework of a "retreat" of the project). JR with 17 years of experience in flaypostinga style, putting up black-and-white photographs in large format in public places. He does not consider himself an artist, preferring to use he himself coined the word photograffeur (mix graffiti and photographer).
One of the most high-profile projects JR - "Face to Face" - where the artist exhibited great photos of laughing Israelis and Palestinians in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities on both sides of the Israeli separation barrier. In his native Paris, JR became famous project "Portrait of a generation": from 2004 to 2006, he was placed in affluent areas of the French capital, pictures of young Frenchmen.
Shepard Fairey "Duality of Humanity 2" (2008)
Price: $ 52,350
Sold in September 2011
American Shepard - author of the picture, which is known by millions: he created portraits of Barack Obama for the 2008 campaign with the words "Hope" and "Change". The artist was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1970. He began to draw on T-shirts and skateboards, when he was a teenager. Today he is a recognized artist whose work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and a family man who has two daughters. At the same time he was not arrested for creating graffiti in public places.
Nick Walker "The Morning After" (2007)
Price: $ 54,205
Sold in October 2008
Nick Walker - one of the pioneers of street art. He was born in 1969 in the British Bristol and famously brought to the streets of this city stencil graffiti back in the 1980s. In the same city, but in the mid-1970s, as the media reported, a man was born, hiding under the pseudonym of Banksy. Therefore, it is believed that Walker had an influence on him.
Like Banksy, the British gained worldwide recognition and has achieved commercial success. His work for the first time to auction Bonhams in 2008 in Los Angeles. If you believe the biography on the artist's website, followed by collectors lined up.
Adam Neath "The Apprentice" (2007)
Price: $ 69,692
Sold in February 2008.
Briton Adam Nita British newspaper The Telegraph recognized as one of themselves famous street artists of our time. Neath was born in Colchester, UK in 1977 and now lives in London. It was on the streets of the British capital in 2007, his work - paintings, old cardboard, which he left in different areas - the journalists noticed. The artist says that during the night can create about 20 jobs. With such productivity and acquired popular Nita has every chance to make a fortune. Today, a street artist exhibited in galleries.
Nick Walker "Moona Lisa" (2006)
Price: $ 87,116
Sold in February 2008
A parody of the work of Leonardo da Vinci was sold at a price 10 times more expensive than the estimate. This is one of the most celebrated works of the artist. The image of the mysterious Mona Lisa Walker beat and less provocatively turned her into the heroine of "The Simpsons." But it has caused a flurry of criticism picture with battened down the skirt.
Art group Os Gemeos "O Aniversario da Meretris" (2008)
Price: $ 118,171
Sold in March 2012
Os Gemeos - this twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo from Sao Paulo. They were born in 1974. By the street art craze brothers pushed hip-hop culture as a teenager.
Among the works of the brothers, there are scenes of family life, and political cartoons, as well as one of the distinguishing features of their style - yellow faces of heroes and characters from Brazilian folklore. However, their work appear not only in his native Brazil: graffiti Pandolfo can be found in Miami, and in Europe. Brothers do not hide their faces and even agree to work to order: at the request of the São Paulo government, they, for example, painted subway cars.
And in 1993, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo got the local Institute of Arts degrees.
Adam Neath "Suicide Bomber" (2007)
Price: $ 126,612 (Sotheby's auction)
It sold in December 2007
This work has gone much more expensive than the estimate (it is made up of $ 16 000 to $ 24 100). In this case, "Suicide Bomber" - only one of the 103 works of Nita sold at auction (the list of results artnet.com).
Banksy "Simple Intelligence Testing" (2000)
Price: $ 1,265,120
Sold in February 2008 (Sotheby's Contemporary Art Day Auction)
The most expensive work of Banksy sold at auction in the range from $ 300,000 to nearly $ 1, 9 million. A few dozen have gone under the hammer for tens of thousands of dollars. If you scroll through the list of works sold at Urban Art auction house Bonhams, you will find that most of the lines takes Banksy. The artist, having learned how much he has left the picture on one of the auctions, drew a parody with the inscription: "I can not believe that you idiots actually buy this shit."
Banksy "Keep It Spotless" (2007)
Price: $ 1.87 million
Sold in 2008 (Sotheby's)
While the work of Banksy remains the most expensive in the artist's career. It is noteworthy that her estimate was "only" $ 250-300 thousand.