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Banksy (British, b.1974)


Birth Place: UK


How much are original Banksy paintings worth?

Banksy is one of the hottest artists this century and his paintings reflect that value, with many sold for a million dollars or more. On the low end, there are small Banksy pieces like offset printing on cardboard (for an album cover) that can be had for hundreds of dollars. If you want a Banksy painting, more than likely you’ll have to pay six-figures for it. The most ever paid for a Banksy painting is $12,966,840 for the piece Devolved Parliament (2009) on October 3rd, 2019. 

Who is Banksy? 

Both completely accessible and ultimately unknowable, Banksy represents a dichotomy that has enchanted and infuriated the modern art scene for decades. His work spans multiple media, from film, to graffiti, to installation, to canvas painting -- the throughline being that a Banksy piece will always enchant, delight, and challenge the viewer. Though he has managed to succeed in his quest to remain an “anonymous” artist, there are some things we do know about one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010.

How did Banksy get started?

Banksy grew up in Bristol in the 1980s. It was on the grungy streets of the Barton Hill District that Banksy would hone his now-distinct stencil graffiti. As the legend goes, Banksy was inspired by seeing a stenciled plate on the bottom of a fuel tank while hiding from the police. He realized it would be relatively easy, inexpensive, and most importantly -- fast, an important quality for putting up subversive work. His first wall mural, The Mild Mild West (1997) shows a teddy bear throwing a molotov cocktail at the police.

“As soon as I cut my first stencil I could feel the power there,” Banksy said in an interview with author Tristan Manco. “I also like the political edge. All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They’ve been used to start revolutions and to stop wars.”

What is Banksy famous for?

Banksy is known for his graffiti and performance art pranks at the Louvre and the MOMA. He is also known for his continued political dissidence, creating nine images that appeared on the Israeli West Bank Wall. His exhibition Barely Legal (2006) featured a live elephant painted pink and gold, as well as many satirical paintings incorporating the art of Andy Warhol and Da Vinci. It was during this time that Banksy’s work began to sell at auction, Girl with Balloon (2002) and Bomb Hugger (2003) both sold much higher than their estimated prices.

Banksy's biggest foray into pop culture was his Academy Award-nominated documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) which tells the story of Mr. Brainwash, a Los Angeles-based artist and owner of a used clothing store. In typical Banksy fashion, the documentary raises more questions than it answers, and many feel that Mr. Brainwash himself is just another Banksy creation.

What kind of art does Banksy make?

Banksy makes large scale graffiti, installation art, paintings, and mixed-media pieces. His work primarily appears in public spaces, though there are gallery versions of some of his work. His playful, mischievous attitude toward the art community has led to a divided opinion of the artist. No matter the medium, a Banksy piece will always challenge the viewer and display his trademark wicked sense of humor. This vitality is imbued in every stencil, making Banksy one of our most treasured - and divisive - artists. Just the way he wants it.

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How to lookup Banksy original painting values?

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