WATCH: Banksy ‘Unauthorized’ Retrospective Features Never-Before-Seen Pieces

Banksy The Unauthorised Retrospective exhibition, Sotheby's, Lon

Banksy’s Sunflowers from Petrol Station oil painting is on display at Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery in London. (Rex Features via AP Images)

Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former agent and friend, is hosting a retrospective exhibit of the famed street artist’s work, featuring three pieces never or rarely been seen before, in collaboration with Sotheby’s  S|2 Gallery in London, from June 11 to July 25, 2014.

The exhibit, which is made up over 70 paintings, sculptures and prints, includes Banksy staples like the “Keep It Real, Monkey” stencils, but in addition to his trademark pieces are oil paintings and even a stuffed rat, which the rogue artist sneaked into the Natural History Museum in 2004, mounting the rodent without the museum officials noticing.

On one level, we’re excited to see a large portion of Banksy’s work on display in one place, including three pieces that haven’t been seen by the general public. On the other hand, Banksy isn’t a part of the exhibit—hence the “unauthorized” bit—and that leaves a bit of a bad taste.

Banksy probably isn’t too bothered by it, considering one of his pieces includes the quote, “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission,” so we won’t dwell on the matter any further.

Moving along …

Sotheby’s Cheyenne Westphal, Head of Contemporary Art, walks us through some of the exhibit, explaining the stories behind the three aforementioned pieces:

Here’s a handful of snaps from inside the exhibit:

Kate Moss? (Rex Features via AP Images)

Take a closer look … this is actually Kate Moss versus Marilyn Monroe. (Rex Features via AP Images)

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A staffer works diligently to get the framed artwork just right. (Rex Features via AP Images)

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This monkey has a likeness to a certain somebody who we would prefer not to name. (Rex Features via AP Images)

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What does this display say to you? (Rex Features via AP Images)

Guantanamo Bay ... (Rex Features via AP Images)

Turn around; the Guantanamo Bay oil painting is more interesting than your text. (Rex Features via AP Images)

The artwork ranges from £4,000 ($6,716) to over £500,000 ($839,550).

If you’re interested in making a purchase, or just curious how it works, you can find directions on how to buy and sell at Sotheby’s here.

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