From pavement to penthouse: Street art’s street smarts

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From pavement to penthouse: Street art’s street smarts

How did graffiti, historically subversive and often illegal, became an established and collectible art form?

Alexia Walker

When Banksy’s Girl with Balloon self-destructed minutes after being sold at Sotheby’s for more than £1m in October 2018, the art world was stunned.

Beside the actual shredder performance, which some joked made the artwork the second most famous to the Mona Lisa, the price reached by the controversial British artist’s work  surprised many.

How did graffiti, historically subversive and often illegal, became an established and collectible art form?..

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