Robbie Williams’ collection of famous Banksy artwork will sell for millions at auction in March
Let them entertain you! Robbie Williams’ collection of famous Banksy artwork will sell for millions at auction in March
- This is the first time Robbie Williams has sold pieces from his art collection
- Banksy’s three pieces will go on sale at Sotheby’s in London on March 2
- Banksy’s famous works are estimated at millions of pounds each
Three of Banksy’s most recognizable works of art from Robbie Williams’ collection are about to go under the hammer for millions.
The pieces – Girl With Balloon, Kissing Coppers and Vandalized Oils (Choppers) – will go on sale at the inaugural Sotheby’s The Now Evening Auction in London on March 2.
The works of anonymous street artist Banksy, originally from Bristol, are estimated at millions of pounds each.
It is the first time Williams has sold anything from his personal art collection and the auction comes after the sale of his seven-bedroom house in Wiltshire.
He sold the house, which is believed to be haunted, for £6.75million, £1.35million less than in 2009.
Banksy’s Girl With Balloon from the collection of Robbie Williams which will go on sale at the first edition of Sotheby’s The Now Evening Auction in London on March 2
Banksy’s Vandalized Oils (Choppers) from Robbie Williams’ collection which will also be on sale in March
Kissing Coppers by Banksy from the Robbie Williams collection. All three are set to fetch 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 these are some of his best paintings and I love how closely they relate to street art.
“As a collector of Banksy works, you are part of a larger cultural movement.”
The classic pop art image of Girl With Balloon debuted under Waterloo Bridge in 2002 and made headlines again in 2018 after partially self-destructing at the end of a Sotheby’s auction in which it had been sold for £1.1 million.
The partially shredded new artwork became Love Is In The Bin and went under the hammer for £18,582,000 in October 2021, which the auction house cited as a record amount for the street artist .
Williams’ Balloon Girl (2006) is depicted on metal and is the first of its kind to appear at auction, Sotheby’s said, starting with a price estimate of £2-3 million.
Kissing Coppers, which depicts two British police officers 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 her personal art collection
But the original mural was removed in 2014 after being repeatedly vandalized.
Williams’ version of the 2005 artwork, estimated at £2.5-3.5million, is the first time a Kissing Coppers painting on canvas has been offered on the secondary market, Sotheby’s said .
Banksy’s third piece in the collection is Vandalized Oils (Choppers) from 2005 and features two armed military helicopters disrupting a serene pastoral landscape.
The work, from the Vandalized Oils series by the artist who sees graffiti on classic oil paintings, has an estimated price of between £2.5-3.5million.
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 like their owner, they are acerbic, iconic, irreverent and unique.”
The Now Evening auction aims to feature works of art executed over the past 20 years by the most avant-garde artists of today and tomorrow, Sotheby’s said.
The three paintings will first be exhibited in the galleries of Sotheby’s in New York from January 22 for a six-day preview.
They will then embark on a world tour in Hong Kong from February 8 to 9 and then to London for its last public view from February 22 to March 2.