Punk rockers The Clash meet The Jungle Book at Bonhams' urban art sale

Bonhams' Urban Art auction in January next year will see cutting edge work by some of the world's most famous graffiti artists go under the hammer.

The sale on January 11 will feature work by artists such as Banksy, D*Face, Futura 2000, Eine and Shepard Fairey, and is expected at attract attention from collectors and investors alike.

One of the sale's highlights will be an original art work by the legendary Bristol street artist Banksy, created for a Greenpeace Save or Delete campaign poster.

It features characters from Disney's The Jungle Book pictured in a devastated forest, and was intended for use on posters, billboards and postcards. While it was printed, it was never put into circulation because of the protectionist policies at Disney.

Banksy's artwork was originally created for a
Greenpeace poster campaign

A version of this poster is illustrated in Banksy's Wall and Piece book. Estimated at £60,000 - £80,000, the unique piece was given to the vendor by the artist himself.

Another sale highlight is a performance piece created by American graffiti artist, Futura 2000, for punk rock band The Clash's Combat Rock tour.

Best-known for painting subway trains during the 1970s, Futura 2000 pioneered an abstract approach to graffiti art that remained influential to this day.

He was commissioned to paint the stage backdrop for The Clash whilst they performed in 1983. Estimated at £15,000 - £20,000, it is believed to be the only work to have survived from the gigs.

The piece was created live on stage with The Clash
during their European tour

With prices ranging from £400 to £80,000 the sale will offer collectors of every level a chance to invest in a market which has seen huge growth in recent years.

Street art is proving an accessible and affordable way into the art market for many collectors, and with prices rising for many artists it could also prove to be an excellent entry-level investment.


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