Kensington features Banksy stop sign in March 23 sale

Banksy (British, b. 1974) attributed urban graffiti hand-stenciled spray painting on metal stop sign. Kensington Estate Auctions image

CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auctions pulls out all the stops for their March 23 online auction with a stop sign attributed to Bansky. This spray-painted metal sign was hand-stenciled and depicts a pony-tailed girl with the stenciled signature of the British street artist. Additional graffiti / urban artworks in the sale are by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and LAII. The conservative presale estimate for the Bansky work is $600-$1,200 while on-line bidding has already been active. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

This auction reflects refined eclecticism with items ranging from 18th–21st century art, photography, jewelry, autographed books, art pottery and advertising memorabilia. An eye-catcher is the David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust University Union Concert Poster, 1972.  The artwork by Morpheus depicts an image of Bowie smoking a cigarette amid radiant blue and orange geometric rectangles. Printed on paper, this poster dates to the beginning of Bowie’s 1972-73 Ziggy Stardust Tour. The history of this work was considered with the estimate of $500-$1,000.

David Bowie/ Ziggy Stardust Tour University Union Concert Poster, 1972. Kensington Estate Auctions image

Another important work, among so many is a Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) preparatory sketch for the floor mosaic project: La Rampa Habanera, Havana, Cuba, 1963. It is a gouache and pencil work on transparent paper. Signed “Wifredo Lam,” it also includes government stamps and stamps from the architect. The Boulevard La Rampa mosaic floor art project involved other Cuban artists such as Dandu Darie and Rene Portocarrero. The mosaic still exists. With an estimate of $3,000-$6,000, interest has been significant.

Original Wifredo Lam preparatory sketch for the floor mosaic project: La Rampa Habanera, Havana, Cuba, 1963. Kensington Estate Auctions image

This diverse and eclectic sale will be on-line. Due to the COVID-19 virus private previews are available on a limited basis. For details:  kensingtonauc@aol.com or call 917-331-0807.