banksy defaces damien hirst for aids (the worlds best ever)

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banksy defaces damien hirst for aids


The whole Bono-fueled (RED) movement has finally made its way into the contemporary art world, and for this instance I couldn't be happier. Why? New Yorkers will finally have the chance to see three Banksy Masterpieces in the flesh. Included in the Sotheby's auction at Larry Gagosian's Chelsea digs, is the vandalized phone booth that Banksy installed on a street in the UK in 2005. If memory serves correct about this piece, an old lady remarked that crazy art students were always out of control. Another is a defaced Damien Hirst Pharmaceutical (spot) painting, tited 'KEEP IT SPOTLESS'. Expect this lot (34) to break any auction record Banksy bidders had set previously. The auction, which is on Valentines Day includes many other notable lots (veritably a who's who's of contemporary art), including Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Andreas Gursky, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, and Marc Quinn. All very impressive and on view in early February.

The other Banksy's after the jump

Lot 33 Vandalisesd Phone Box, 2005, telephone box and pick axe

LOT 69 RUINED LANDSCAPE, 2007, oil and spray paint on canvas, 3/4 x 23 5/8 in.