Seen Painting Sells For $122,000 at Auction
Last weeks Street Art auction at Artcurial in Paris saw record high prices for some of the biggest pioneers and legends in the graffiti world. The sale, which took place on February 15th, consisting of 201 lots featuring artwork from artists across the graff world spectrum ranging from old school writers Blade, Comet, Stay High 149, Iz the Wiz, Dondi, and Kase2, to contemporary street artists Banksy, Swoon, Faile, and Shepard Fairey. One of the biggest stars of the evening was an untitled canvas by Taki183 from 2002 which sold for $71,706. Far above it’s high estimate of $25,000-$40,000.
Shepard Fairey’s painting, High Time For Peace Stencil, from 2006 originally exhibited and sold at Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris came in around it’s high estimate at $55,924.
Without a doubt, the big star of the evening was Seen. The prolific train painter and graffiti legend from the Bronx who starred in Subway Art and Style Wars had been living in Paris for the past few years and it clearly helped his market in the city. Seen’s Graffiti Explosion 2 painting from 1984, a classic work by the artist from the peek of his train painting career brought in $55,924, well about its $25,000-$40,000 estimate. However, the biggest winner for the evening was Seen’s more recent painting, Spiderman Who? from 2009. Clearly inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s comic-inspired Pop Art paintings, Andy Warhol’s Superman paintings, and the comic book-inspired works of Seen’s Subway Art contemporary, Crash. Spiderman Who? was estimated at $35,000-$45,000, but skyrocketed up to $122,210 by the time the gavel hit making it by far the largest sale of the evening.