Pulp Fiction by Banksy is one the works in an auction including The Emperor Has No Ball. The naked Donald Trump statue by the anonymous art collective INDECLINE depicts the Republican presidential nominee naked. Image: Julien’s Auctions
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA– Naked Donald Trump statue entitled The Emperor Has No Balls is set to go on sale at Julien’s Auctions. Valued at $10,000-20,000, the statue will be part of Julien’s Auctions Street Art and Contemporary Art live auction on October 22, 2016.
The naked Donald Trump statue was created by the anonymous art collective INDECLINE. It first appeared on the 4600 block of Hollywood Boulevard, a month ago, causing a lot of commotion across the country. The naked Donald Trump statue has also appeared in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland and Los Angeles.
This naked Donald Trump statue is just one of a series that appeared nationwide recently. While several were destroyed, others were confiscated. The La Luz de Jesus Gallery is perhaps the only one that was not confiscated or destroyed. La Luz de Jesus Gallery director Matt Kennedy rescued it before it went the way of others.
When it appeared in the public space in August, the naked Donald Trump statue became a symbol of political protest art. It garnered international coverage, generating some controversy across the globe. An explicit statue, La Luz de Jesus Gallery refused to hide or censor the statue, choosing instead to display it prominently and in public view. The boldness exhibited by La Luz de Jesus Gallery in displaying the naked Donald Trump inserted the recent bitter political debate into current art discourse.
Even as the uproar over the naked Donald Trump statue grew, it was loaned to the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show. It soon found its way into the opening monologues of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, and hundreds of other news and entertainment outlets.
From October 17th through 22nd, the naked trump will go on display ahead of the Presidential election in November 2016. The venue is the Julien’s Auctions Los Angeles gallery. This will give people the opportunity to see the naked Donald Trump statue before it disappears into a private collection,
National Immigration Forum, one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country will benefit from the sale of the naked Donald Trump statue. The mission of the organization is to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.
In addition to the naked Donald Trump statue, the auction will also include coveted works by Street and Contemporary artists. The list includes Banksy, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Shepard Fairey. The works have political undertones.
Hillary Clinton Cojones by Knowledge Bennett is expected to make auction price when it gets to the auction floor. Estimated at $10,000-$15,000, it features an image of a “ball grabbing” tux-wearing Clinton. Shepard Fairey’s Hope, with the iconic image of Obama will also be sold. The print that led President Obama’s 2008 campaign is expected to fetch a record price. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Controversial street artist Banksy will be represented at the auction by his work VIP Rat. It is estimated at $30,000-50,000. Original works by other important street and contemporary artists will also be put on the auction block. Keith Haring’s Radiant Baby with AIDS Alligator created on a New York City “Bowery” subway station is one of the major highlights of this auction. Signed circa 1984, it is estimated at $10,000-15,000. An original street piece by Jean-Michel Basquiat under his pseudonym SAMO titled Samo As A Neo Art Form rekindles the artist’s early career as a street artist. Created in wet cement on the New York City streets, the work is estimated at $40,000-60,000).
An important collection of over 150 editions, multiples, and paintings from the avant-garde Canadian designer Andrew Bockner will also be on sale. Artists in the collection include Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Calder, Keith Haring, Tom Wesselman, Mel Ramos, Space Invader, KAWS, Jose Parra, and Sandra Chevrier to name a few
Several important works by Banksy are major highlights of the collection. One is Choose Your Weapons. Estimated at $25,000-$35,000, the piece is expected to surpass expectations. There is also Pulp Fiction estimated at $10,000-$12,000 and Bomb Love estimated $10,000-$12,000.