Let these entertain you! Robbie Williams’ collection of famous Banksy works of art will be sold for millions at auction in March
- This is the first time Robbie Williams has sold any pieces from his art collection
- The three Banksy pieces will go on sale at Sotheby’s in London on March 2
- The famous Banksy works are estimated to be worth millions of pounds each
Three of Banksy’s most recognizable works of art from Robbie Williams’ collection stand to go under the hammer for millions.
The pieces – Girl With Balloon, Kissing Coppers and Vandalized Oils (Choppers) – will go on sale in the first issue of Sotheby’s The Now Evening Auction in London on March 2.
The artwork of anonymous street artist Banksy, who hails from Bristol, is estimated to be worth millions of pounds each.
This is the first time Williams has sold anything from his personal art collection, and the auction comes after he sold his Wiltshire seven-bedroom home.
He sold the house, which is said to be haunted, for £ 6.75 million. – £ 1.35m less than he paid in 2009.
Banksy’s Girl With Balloon from Robbie Williams’ collection, which will go on sale in the first issue of Sotheby’s The Now Evening Auction in London on March 2
Banksy’s Vandalized Oils (Choppers) from Robbie Williams’ collection, which will also go on sale in March
Kissing Coppers by Banksy from Robbie Williams’ collection. All three are expected to bring in millions
Speaking of the artwork, Williams said: ‘I remember seeing Girl With Balloon, Vandalized Oils (Choppers) and Kissing Coppers for the first time.
‘I think they are some of his best paintings and I love how closely they are attached to the street pictures.
‘As a collector of Banksy’s work, you become part of a broader cultural movement.’
The classic pop art image of Girl With Balloon first made its debut under Waterloo Bridge in 2002, and it made headlines again in 2018, after being partially self-destructing at the conclusion of a Sotheby’s auction, where it had been sold for 1.1 million pounds.
The new partially shredded work of art became Love Is In The Bin and went under the hammer for £ 18,582,000 in October 2021, which the auction house listed as a record fee for the street artist.
Williams’ Girl With Balloon (2006) is depicted on metal and is the first of its kind to appear at auction, Sotheby’s has said, starting with a price estimate of £ 2 million to £ 3 million.
Kissing Coppers, which depicts two British policemen in a passionate embrace, was first unveiled outside the Prince Albert Pub in Brighton in 2004.
This is the first time Williams has sold anything from his personal art collection
But the original mural was removed in 2014 after being repeatedly vandalized.
Williams’ 2005 version of the artwork, estimated at £ 2.5 million to £ 3.5 million, is the first time a Kissing Coppers canvas painting has been offered on the secondary market, Sotheby’s said.
The third Banksy piece in the collection is Vandalized Oils (Choppers) from 2005 and features two armed military helicopters disrupting a serene pastoral landscape.
The artwork, which originates from the artist’s Vandalized Oils series, which sees graffiti on top of classic oil paintings, has an estimated price of 2.5 to 3.5 million pounds.
Hugo Cobb, head of The Now Evening Auction at Sotheby’s London, said: ‘These works unite the cultural heritage of two of Britain’s biggest stars: Robbie Williams and Banksy.
“Like their creator and as their owner, they are sharp, iconic, disrespectful and unique.”
Now Evening Auction aims to platform works of art performed in the last 20 years by the most groundbreaking artists today and tomorrow, Sotheby’s has said.
The three paintings will first be exhibited in Sotheby’s New York galleries from January 22 for a six-day preview.
They will then embark on a global tour to Hong Kong from 8 to 9 February and then London for its final public viewing from 22 February to 2 March.
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