LONDON – Two versions of Banksy’s “Girl with Balloon” went on display in London on Friday ahead of being auctioned online by Christie’s next month.
Both pieces are being exhibited on the Southbank by the River Thames, near the area where the popular image appeared for the first time.
The auction Christie’s will hold on September 11 and 24 is entitled “I can’t believe you morons actually buy this shit,” a nod to the artist’s screen print “Morons,” which depicts the 1987 auction of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.”
The pieces reproduce the well-known image of a girl releasing a red heart-shaped balloon.
In this case the balloon is gold in one of the versions and red in the other.
Christie’s expects the former to fetch between 150,000-250,000 pounds ($60,500-302,000) while the latter could go for between 50,000-70,000 pounds (60,400-84,700).
A variant of the image was used by the graffiti artist, whose real identity remains unknown, during his campaign in support of Syrian refugees in 2014.