Banksy prints sell for world record prices at Auckland auction

An art auction at the International Art Centre in Auckland has seen collectors pay top dollar for some Banksy prints.

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The acclaimed English artist has created limited edition screen prints of his work. Source: 1 NEWS

Three of the mysterious artist's prints all sold for world record prices for the editions.

Banky's Golf Sale print fetched $45,000, his Super Mare print earned $41,000 and the artist's Soup Can print was sold for $52,000.

The auction also featured prints from Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, as well as the limited edition pieces from acclaimed English street artist Banksy.

The collectible art sale also offered a number of lower-priced works from highly sought-after artists in print and edition form.

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International Art Centre director Richard Thompson talks about the June 30 sale. Source: Breakfast

International Art Centre director Richard Thompson spoke to 1 NEWS about Banksy's Soup Can print.

"Banksy had this idea that Andy Warhol's image of the Campbell's soup was just so expensive and so overpriced ... and he painted the Tesco version," he said.

"He's got a sort of a thing against corporates and he's got a real thing against Tesco so he thought, 'Right, I'm gunna make an image that will be affordable and sell them to the masses at 60 pounds each,' in 2005."