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Eight Banksy pieces up for auction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:13

June 17 - Collectors will be able to get their hands on eight Banksy pieces up for auction in Beverly Hills. John Russell reports.

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Eight works from the elusive British street artist Banksy will be going on the auction block next week. The works are being exhibited as part of the Julien's Auctions 2014 Street Art auction, and although several reputable artists are up for grabs, it's Banksy who is the top draw. SOUNDBITE Michael Doyle, Director of business development at Julien's in Beverly Hills, saying (English): "The draw of this auction is really the opportunity to own a Banksy piece that he actually did in public. These are all works that he did in public all over the world, that were unique works that the consigners decided to keep and offer in this sale, so this is really a unique opportunity in that sense." After Banksy's art sold above expectations during last year's street art auction at Julien's, Doyle expects that this year's sale will be better than expected, due to the artist's highly publicized stint in New York City last October, which raised the specter of his fame worldwide, all the while creating a cult of allure surrounding his anonymity. SOUNDBITE Michael Doyle, Director of business development at Julien's in Beverly Hills, saying (English): "I think it's because his identity is secret, there's certainly an allure behind that, and it also kind of keeps the people intrigued because you never really know exactly who he is, and what he's going to do next." The Julien's Street Art Auction 2014 will be held next Thursday evening (June 26).

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Eight Banksy pieces up for auction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:13

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