Banksy’s Game Changer raised A$31.7 million for the NHS | Source: Widewalls

Art for the Future: Banksy Prints Secure Bold Statement and Lucrative Investment

He’s anonymous. He’s contrarian. And ultimately, he’s a troublemaker. What’s not to like when it comes to Banksy? His contempt for all things institutional is admirable. His ability to find beauty in the ugly is profound. And who isn’t continuously amused by his subtle digs against the very establishment he emanates from?

From freehand graffiti outsets in Bristol, England in the late 1990s, Banksy preserves his charm in the mystery of his works, an elusiveness that equates to popularity, and in the long run, sky-high returns.

What other artist can recklessly destroy his own works in front of a dazed auction crowd and immediately add over A$25 million in value to his work?

On Thursday, Banksy’s Love Is In The Bin sold for A$34.3m at a Sotheby’s Auction in London – the most valuable work by Banksy to sell under the hammer, ever – that’s 20 times higher than the expected sale value of A$6 million.

Sotheby’s auctioneer Oliver Barker takes bids for Banksy’s Love is in the Bin | Source: Sotheby’s via Barron’s

So, what exactly gives an art piece such value? And, how big is the art investment sector?

In 1990, global art sales secured A$14.3 billion. But in 2019, the sector boomed by over six per cent compared to 2018, exceeding A$67.4 billion in sales.

Looking worldwide, the U.S., Britain and China are the leaders in the global art division. Globally, the U.S. dominates this market, with an estimated market share of 44 per cent, reaching A$29.9 billion in sales for 2018 alone. 

The U.K. reported 21 per cent of this estimated market share, while China was third in line, reporting 19 per cent in revenue for the overall sector. 

When we take a look at Australia, cultural activity employs close to 600,000 people and contributes almost A$111 billion to Australia’s GDP, or six per cent, with the art sector earning A$4.2 billion in reported sales for 2018.

That kind of capital makes art a worthy — and tasteful — investment for those in the know.

This meteoric price growth sits alongside a cult following. The subject of academic papers and attention-grabbing headlines, Banksy’s creative expression continues to push the boundaries of what is considered art – and what savvy collectors are willing to pay.

According to multiple art reports, Banksy’s yearly total for the first time climbed above A$100 million in 2021.

His cynical but hopeful stance achieves what no other artist of our time does — all while mocking his audience. Despite his blatant disregard for the traditional art market elite, he is wildly successful and paradoxically collected by said subjects of contempt, resulting in yet another milestone for the British artist last week. 

It’s the combination of anti-establishment stunts, thought-provoking slogans, striking, often darkly humorous, images and intriguing secrecy that command the world’s attention. Even in a day and age where everything, and everyone, can be searched online, his elusive identity, supported by political and satirical themes drives worldwide interest.

It’s a controversial and contradictory recipe that maintains a rise showing no signs of slowing down. Banksy is a rule-breaking phenomenon, yet at heart, a true proponent of philanthropy. His Game Changer sketch marked another new record this year raising A$31.7 million for the NHS when it sold at Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening Sale in London on 23 March 2021.

Banksy’s Game Changer raised A$31.7 million for the NHS | Source: Widewalls

Simply put, Banksys age well. Although a true representation of the times – ironically his works have become timeless. Whether it’s the artist’s paints, stencils, sprays or prints, the arts stays topical because of his disregard for profitability or acceptance – likely stemming from grassroots in an underground realm often illegal in nature.

To this day, when a Banksy piece goes up for sale there’s an instant buzz. A ripple travels through waves of fans eager to find their own piece of, what will ultimately become, art history.

In Australia, getting your hands on a Banksy print is as elusive as the artist himself. It’s not simply adding a bold statement to your art collection, it’s ensuring a long term investment.

Lyons Gallery presents the exclusive chance to own Banksy prints in Australia showcasing popular pieces including Bomb Middle England, Toxic Mary, the Di-Faced Tenner and Devolved Parliament. The commissioned prints make a powerful centrepiece with a unique outlook on future gains.

This incredible hand-signed and numbered in pencil Banksy print is an exclusive edition 30 of 150. The high-quality screenprint in colours features on wove paper with full margins measuring 57.8 x 76.8 cm. The artwork, originally created for Banksy’s iconic American exhibition, Barely Legal in 2006, depicts a group of people at a music festival queuing up to buy t-shirts.

Banksy Destroy Capitalism Lyons Gallery Print
Banksy Destroy Capitalism Print | Source: My Art Broker

The Banksy banknotes first circulated in 2004 became an instant classic with the British Museum acquiring its own Di-Faced Tenner bill in 2019. This offset lithograph in colours on paper from 2005 is hand-signed COA from Dope! Gallery UK.

Banksy Di faced tenner Lyons Gallery Lithograph
Banksy Di-Faced tenner Lithograph | Source: My Art Broker

When Banksy’s Devolved Parliament painting first went on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery at Banksy versus Bristol Museum exhibition, the show attracted over 300,000 people. The artists’ largest work on canvas is now available as a framed offset lithograph in colours on smooth wove paper from Lyons Gallery.

Banksy Devolved Parliament Lyons Gallery Print
Banksy Devolved Parliament Print | Source: My Art Broker

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