Sunday 22 October 2017

Irish artist Conor Harrington outsells Banksy at London auction

'Dance with the Devil' by Conor Harrington
'Dance with the Devil' by Conor Harrington
Conor Harrington and Chloe Early
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

A piece of work by street artist Conor Harrington has outsold a piece by world renowned artist Banksy.

Cork native Conor Harrington has fetched over €103,000 at Bonham’s Auction in London for his 2013 piece ‘Dance with the Devil’.

The oil and spray painted work is Harrington’s first to go up for auction although he counts celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Jared Leto as fans.

‘Dance with the Devil’ was estimated to receive offers of between €50,000 and €65,000.

Having worked as a street artist in London since the mid 1990s, Harrington told RTE One’s Morning Ireland admitted he was shocked with the interest in his work.

“Bonham’s got in touch with me and asked if I was interested in putting a piece into auction so I decided to put that piece in. It’s the first time I’ve done it…I’m new to the auction system.

'Dance with the Devil' by Conor Harrington
'Dance with the Devil' by Conor Harrington

“When they got in touch and said that they'd do a 10 page section in the catalog it seemed very appealing.”

“Normally most of the paintings that I do are exhibited, but another artist friend of mine advised me that I should hang on to some of my work for the future.”

He added that the work is based on a photo shoot he arranged with hired actors.

“Everything that is in that painting was in a photograph. I got those guys in, they’re both actors, and I dressed them up in costumes and hired all the props that are in the background. Then I took a photo and started the painting process from there,” he revealed.

Conor Harrington
Conor Harrington

Meanwhile, internationally acclaimed graffiti star Banksy received over €43,300 for his ‘Rude Copper’ image.

The iconic spray painted work shows a British police man ‘flipping the bird’ - it was estimated to fetch €16,000.

Rude Copper by Banksy
Rude Copper by Banksy

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