The New York Times reports about seven artworks attributed to the street artist Banksy that will be auctioned off in the coming weeks. Apparently a London company has removed the works from walls, will put them up on display at the Me London Hotel until today, and then auction off all works on April 27. The Sincura Group, which is the company that removed the works from the walls, has given estimates on the value of the seven works ranging from 150,000 pounds (about $250,000) to 1 million pounds (about $1.7 million). Entitled the “Stealing Banksy” exhibition, the artist himself has answered to this initiative by ensuring that he is in no way involved in the event and sale. Banksy updated his website over the weekend with the following statement:
The “Stealing Banksy” exhibition in London this weekend has been organised without the involvement or consent of the artist.
Banksy would like to make it clear – This show has got nothing to do with me and I think it’s disgusting people are allowed to go around displaying art on walls without getting permission.”
Let’s see what the works will catch at auction today. We will keep you posted.