Banksy painting set to balloon collector’s coffers
The artist’s ‘The Girl With Balloon’ diptych, which has been in private hands, is up for auction for the first time
A two-part version of Banksy’s The Girl With Balloon painting is expected to fetch up to $4.75m (about R70m) when it goes under the hammer for the first time at a Christie’s auction in London on October 15.
The rare edition, one of 25 created by the elusive British street artist in 2005, features a young girl in one painting and her heart-shaped balloon in another.
“It’s a pretty signature image for Banksy in that he did the first iteration of it on the streets,” Katharine Arnold, co-head of post-war and contemporary art for Christie’s in Europe, said as the artwork went on display at the auction house’s London showrooms on Friday...