Three original Banksy artworks to be sold at Auckland auction

Three original Banksy artworks to be sold at Auckland auction
Photo credit: Banksy/Supplied

Several Banksy artworks worth tens of thousands will be available for keen Kiwi art collectors to buy at an auction in New Zealand next week. 

Some of the anonymous British street artist's work has sold for millions, but the three pieces available at the International Art Centre in Parnell are expected to fetch between $15,000 -$20,000 each on June 30. 

One of the Banksy prints, Golf Sale, is one of his first works released in 2003, based on the historical photo of a protester standing in front of tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989. In the black and white Banksy version, the man holds a sign reading 'Golf Sale'. 

The other two pieces are Banksy's 2003 Weston Super Mare, described ironically by the artist as "a cheerful tribute to the great British seaside towns", and his 2005 work titled Soup Can. 

International Art Centre director Richard Thomson said the artworks were purchased from Banksy's agent by a private Kiwi collector in 2005. 

"One version of his Soup Can print brought nearly $60,000 so there is a real demand for his art. He is probably the most sought-after street artist in the world," Thomson said in a statement. 

"The New Zealand owner has had them since 2005 and it is very rarely that they come up for sale in New Zealand." 

Thomson added there may have only been one other Banksy work ever offered up for sale in the country.