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Everything You Need to Know About Collecting Street Art Right Now

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Banksy 'Think Tank'
‘Think Tank’ by English street artist Banksy, on display at Rome’s Palazzo Cipolla in May 2016.
The piece was sourced from private collectors. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)


Street art used to be confined to back alleyways and the sides of buildings, but now it’s become a tangible, moneymaking genre in the art-collecting world. Auction houses like Bonhams and Julien’s have picked up on the trend, selling works by sought-after street artists like Banksy for increasingly larger sums of money. But Banksy is just the tip of the iceberg—and it’s clear that the market is heating up.

So what do you need to know in order to start collecting street art? Who are the most collectible artists? And what will you need to physically display it in your home? The New York Times’ Paul Sullivan explores the answers here. Take a look at a roundup of Banksy’s street art in the video below.