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New Banksy – from Blur to Bloomsbury auctions

The Banksy piece created for Blur is to go to auction in a sale of modern and contemporary art taking place at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday.

‘Lot 90: Banksy (b.1975) UNTITLED, 2003, spraypaint with stencil on concrete blocks, approx.

96 x 72in.’ price? ‘£30,000-£50,000.’

‘Yes, it is a lot, and no, we’d never heard of Banksy before,’ said Mr Walmesley , the farmer whose duckhouse Banksy painted . He came down to London with a trailer carrying the concrete blocks in a reinforced steel frame.
Banksy had also tested his aerosol cans on a steel barn door. ‘But then the barn was renovated and Steve was going to chuck the door in a skip,’ remembers Lucy’s boyfriend, David Smith.

‘I rescued it because I liked the image – a girl with a television set – stuck it in our Fiesta, took it home and there it sat in our living room.’ David, too, remained blissfully unaware of Banky’s significance until a friend suggested he have the piece valued. He sold it for £32,000 at Bonhams last year.

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New Banksy exhibition

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Graffiti artist Banksy has found a new way to present his work – an abandoned Eurostar tunnel at Waterloo station.
The reclusive painter converted a half-mile stretch of the tunnel in Leake Street, Waterloo, into a gallery for his and 29 other artists’ works. Get more Banksy news in our free newsletter or subscribe to our RSS feed

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Among the images on display at the Cans Festival are recreations of Madonna kissing Britney Spears and newly-elected London Mayor Boris Johnson.The exhibition also has a number of installations, including a burned-out car, a tree with CCTV cameras, right, and a piano with green paint thrown over it.

Artists involved in the three-day street art show came from all over the world, including Australia, Canada and Brazil.

Members of the public were encouraged to get involved by turning up with a spray can and adding their own stencils.

Banksy said: “Graffiti doesn’t always spoil buildings – in fact it’s the only way to improve a lot of them. In the space of a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint I’m hoping we can transform a dark, forgotten filth-pit into an oasis of beautiful art.

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