Switzerland's first 'urban art' auction promises to be an exciting affair.
Fancy getting your hands on a Banksy? For the first time in Switzerland, so-called ‘urban art’ created by the mysterious British artist and others of his ilk is going to auction courtesy of Lausanne-based auction house Galartis.
Some 140 lots will be up for auction, including aerosol works sprayed on walls, wooden crates, skateboards, vinyl and canvas by some of the best urban artists from Switzerland and around the world, including JonOne, Kaws, Crash, Taki183, Vhils and Naegeli Harald, known as the ‘sprayer of Zurich’. Among the catalogue’s gems are Banksy’s Paparazzi Rats, painted on the doors of an electricity cupboard in London’s Brick Lane; Keith Hering’s Pop Shop, sprayed on a shop wall; and JR’s 28 Millimeters: Women are Heroes, painted on a bus.
While you’ll need several thousand francs in your pocket to pick up a Banksy, many of the other artworks are much more affordable. Check out your favourites during the pre-auction preview at the DémArt space from 3-10 June 10am-7pm, with live graffiti performances at 6pm on 4 and 6 June.