Julien’s Auctions has quickly established itself as the premier auction house in high profile celebrity and entertainment auctions. Julien’s Auctions supports street artists, and this year is celebrating the exclusive works of graffiti artist, Banksy.
Art collectors from around the globe have the chance to bid on several highly sought after Banksy art pieces, including Bomb Hugger– a two-tone stencil on a cardboard placard, featuring a girl hugging an aerial bomb above the caption “NO.” The stencil was created by Banksy and carried in London during the international anti-war protest in February, 2003, believed to be the largest anti-war rally in human history.
Again, a number of original Banksy murals, including Mariachi Player is available in the auction block. This black aerosol stencil depicts a traditional Mariachi player singing with a speech bubble above him filled with bombs instead of music, signed “Banksy.” The Mariachi Player was created by Banksy circa 2001 while touring in Mexico with a British Soccer club and is a very early example of what came to be known as his signature style. This particular mural is shown prominently in Banksy’s own book, Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall.
A selection of Banksy’s iconic Rat series stencils are also available for sale, including Anarchy Rat. This three-foot black stencil painted on the stone wall of a military graveyard in Berlin-Mitte, circa 2003/2004 features one of Banksy’s signature rats painting the symbol for anarchy. Banksy was in Berlin at the time participating in a “Backjumps” art exhibition and created many works throughout the city, most of which have since been destroyed. Instead of being scrubbed off or painted over, the Berlin City Council permitted this particular work to be expertly removed and preserved by a professional art conservator, prompting extensive national and regional media coverage.