London – Bonhams Prints and Multiples sale is to feature an array of British artists whose works span almost a century of printmaking. Held at Knightsbridge on 27 April, the sale includes works ranging from modern British artists William Scott and Henry Moore to contemporary favourites Stik and David Shrigley. With an extraordinary offering of 12 works by Banksy, 15 works by The Conner Brothers, 16 works by Tracey Emin, and 8 works by Damien Hirst, as well as Chris Levine, Michael Craig-Martin, and Bridget Riley, the sale features the best of Britain’s leading artists.
The star of the sale is Banksy’s legendary Girl With Balloon, created in 2004 and first painted as a mural on the side of Waterloo Bridge and elsewhere across the capital, though no location retains the original design. One of the infamous artist’s most famous images, it has an estimate of £80,000-£120,000. Other Banksy highlights include Jack and Jill, 2005, with an estimate of £30,000-£50,000, and Gangsta Rat, 2004, estimated at £25,000-£35,000, and many more.
Works by the pre-eminent legends of British art, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, ground the sale firmly in the present day. Hirst’s 4787. Highway without my wand, from ‘The Currency’ (Unique) represents the artist’s most recent iconic spotted design, and has an estimate of £12,000-£18,000. This is followed by four prints from Hirst’s ‘The Virtues’ series, colourfully depicting blossom trees against an enliveningly blue sky. Each has an estimate of £5,000-£7,000. Highlights of Emin’s works include More of You, and Believe in Extraordinary, both with an estimate of £5,000-£7,000.
The sale also features works by highly popular artists Stik and David Shrigley. Stik, the street artist who first began working in Shoreditch, is known for his large paintings depicting stick figures. Following his first solo exhibition in 2011, Stik recreated Old Master paintings in his signature style, exhibiting in the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The two works by Stik are estimated at £15,000-£20,000 each. David Shrigley, the visual artist born and raised in Glasgow, whose work has been displayed in Trafalgar Square and on the walls of London’s trendy Sketch restaurant, is represented by 9 works. Stop Panicking, featuring a magenta duck, is characteristic of Shrigley’s playful combination of peculiar imagery and witty slogans, and has an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
Carolin von Massenbach, Director of Prints, commented: “This sale is truly celebrating the best of British. Not only are some of the greatest names in recent print-making history featured, but the number of works representing each artist offers a breadth that promises for great excitement amongst collectors at every level. From Hockney to Stik, from Emin to Banksy, the sale represents some of Britain’s favourite artists of today.”
Other highlights include:
• Banksy (British, born 1974), Love Rat. Estimate: 25,000-35,000
• Banksy (British, born 1974), Napalm. Estimate: 20,000-30,000
• Banksy (British, born 1974), Have A Nice Day. Estimate: 20,000-30,000
• Banksy (British, born 1974), CND Soldiers. Estimate: 20,000-30,000
• Banksy (British, born 1974), Flying Copper. Estimate: 20,000-30,000