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Banksy's famous fans as new artwork discovered

From Robbie Williams to Kate Moss - which celebrities have owned a Banksy original artwork?

A worker holding Banksy's portrait of Kate Moss (2005) at a press preview for the exhibition Banksy: The Unauthorised Retrospective, curated by Steve Lazarides, at S|2 Gallery in London.   (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Banksy's portrait of Kate Moss who is said to have a Banksy mural in her home. (Getty Images)

A new mural that appeared overnight on a building in North London has now been confirmed to be an original Banksy.

The anonymous artist has confirmed he is behind the artwork in Finsbury Park, where a mass of green was painted on a wall behind a real tree that has been cut back and has no leaves. Guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy does not sell his own artwork to collectors, but original Banksy pieces have been sold at auction for as much as £18.5m.

People view a tree mural which appeared overnight on a residential building on Hornsey Road in Finsbury Park, London, which has been confirmed by the anonymous street artist, Banksy, as one of his own in an Instagram post on Monday. Picture date: Monday March 18, 2024. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Banksy has confirmed he is behind the new mural in North London. (Getty Images)

With their high value, great rarity and literal street cred - owning an original Banksy is considered the ultimate in cool and so many celebrities are desperate to get their hands on his art. While Banksy does his best to make it difficult for wealthy collectors to just buy a Banksy because they want one, there are several famous fans who have managed to do just that. And some have even manage to cash in on their investments by selling them on - going against the very ethos of what Banksy is about.

Here are some of the celebrities who have managed to bag a Banksy.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss attends the Bottega Veneta fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 on February 24, 2024 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Kate Moss has been a muse and friend to Banksy. (Getty Images)

The British supermodel has been a muse to Banksy - featuring in a set of Andy Warhol inspired silk screen prints, first produced by the artist in 2003, titled Kate Moss. The prints are said to be valued at £80k each. Moss owned at least one of the prints herself but it was stolen from her house during a burglary in 2012.

Moss is thought to be friends with Banksy and a big fan. She is said to own her very own exclusive original Banksy mural on the wall of her bathroom at her home in Highgate in North London. Banksy apparently painted it for her as a wedding gift in 2011, while she was on honeymoon with no ex-husband Jamie Hince.

Robbie Williams

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Robbie Williams on stage at the BAFTA TV Preview of
Robbie Williams has sold his Banksy collection for £7m (Getty Images for BAFTA)

Robbie Williams owned at least three original Banksy pieces, including Kissing Coppers, Girl with Balloon and Vandalised Oils (Choppers) which he used to have on display at his home. The singer said: "I remember seeing [them] for the first time. I believe they are some of his best paintings and I love how closely linked they are to the street pieces. As a collector of Banksy's work, you become part of a broader cultural movement."

Banksy's Girl with Balloon, Kissing Coppers and Choppers from the collection of Robbie Williams on display at Sotheby's auction house in London
Robbie William's Banksy collection was sold in March 2022. )Getty Images)

The former Take That star is said to have first acquired his painting of Girl with Balloon directly from Banksy in 2006. But in March 2022 he put the pictures up for auction at Sotheby's in London. Choppers went for just under £4.4m, while Girl With Balloon fetched £2.8m. Kissing Coppers was withdrawn from the sale.

Stormzy

Stormzy, wearing a stab vest designed by the artist Banksy, performs on the Pyramid Stage at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival held at Worthy Farm, in Pilton, Somerset on June 28, 2019 near Glastonbury, England. The festival, founded in 1970, has grown into one of the largest outdoor green field festivals in the world. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Stormzy wore a stab vest designed by Banksy when he performed at Glastonbury in 2019. (Getty Images)

Stormzy wore an original Banksy design when he performed at Glastonbury music festival in 2019. The grime star performed wearing a stab vest painted with a Union Jack. But when Banksy revealed he was the artists behind it, Stormzy claimed he had no idea until after the event. It is not known if Stormzy still has the original vest, but a version of the Banksy stab vest was later sold on his online merchandise shop, Gross Domestic Product, for £850.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera attends Clarins New Product Launch Party at Private Residence on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Olivia Wong/Getty Images)
Christina Aguilera is a big Banksy fan. (Getty Images)

Christina Aguilera is said to be a big Banksy fan and was desperate to get her hands on an original work by the artist. Her wish came true in 2006 when she is said to have bought three Banksy's on a trip to London for the bargain price of £25k. The Dirrty singer bought one original and two prints from the Lazarides Gallery in Soho. These included a pornographic picture of Queen Victoria indulging in a sexual act with a prostitute. Gallery owner Steve Lazarides revealed at the time: "She knows all about Banksy and knew what she was looking for."

Chris Martin

British singer Chris Martin of British band Coldplay performs at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, on July 5, 2023. The concert is part of the Music of the Spheres World Tour. (Photo by Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)
Chris Martin bought a Banksy at a charity auction. (AFP via Getty Images)

Chris Martin picked up his Banksy at a charity auction in 2014 for around £510,000. The Heart Balloon painting on canvas, showing a red heart helium balloon covered in plasters, was sold by Sean Penn at a gala held to help those affected by the Haiti earthquake disaster of 2010.

Banksy painting sold for $650,000 to Chris Martin during the auction at the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
Chris Marti bough the Heart Balloon Banksy painting at the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala. (Getty Images)

The Coldplay singer won the auction with the highest bid of $650k, beating offers from Bette Midler and Kevin bacon.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber performs on day three of Sziget Festival 2022 on Óbudai-sziget Island on August 12, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
Justin Bieber has a Banksy image tattooed on his arm. (Getty Images)

Justin Bieber is such a devoted Banksy fan he had a replica of the artist's Girl with Balloon tattooed on his arm in 2014. Banksy responded by tagging the singer and captioning the picture "Controversial."

Bono

19 February 2023, Berlin: U2 musician Bono performs on stage during the stage presentation of the film
Bono has a long-standing relationship with Banksy. (Getty Images)

U2 frontman Bono is so close to the artist he has actually commissioned his very own Banksy, a rare feat from an artist so determined to do own thing he has publicly destroyed his work to make a statement. Bono is behind Banksy's Sweeping It Under The Carpet, which originally appeared as a mural on a wall in north London. The commission was part of a 2006 edition of the Independent guest-edited by the singer, and aimed to highlight the West's reluctance to tackle the Aids crisis in Africa.

LONDON - MAY 16:  Graffitti art by the 'guerilla' artist Banksy is seen on May 16, 2006 in Chalk Farm, London. The striking large scale spray-painted image entitled 'Sweeping It Under The Carpet' depicts a maid who cleaned the artist's room in a motel in Los Angeles. The piece commissioned by 'The Independent' newspaper edited on Tuesday by U2's frontman Bono, is intended to represent a metaphor for the west's reluctance to tackle issues such as Aids in Africa.  (Photo by Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)
Banksy's Sweeping It Under The Carpet commissioned by Bono. (Getty Images)

The pair also collaborated for a charity auction organised by Bono in 2008, where one of Banksy's works, Keep It Spotless, sold for £950k.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Penske Media via Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (Getty Images)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split in 2016, but during their relationship they were known to be big fans of Banksy and were spotted at the opening night of his first US exhibit at a warehouse Los Angeles which featured a live elephant. Pitt was also spotted at Banksy theme park Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare in 2015.

Sep 16, 2006 - Los Angeles, CA, USA - Enigmatic British artist Banksy's elaborately installed painted elephant and a real one hangs out in a living room scene in a warehouse southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Banksy is known for graffiti-sprinkled work, acts of mischief and never appearing at his own exhibits or granting interviews. Celebrities including Brad Pitt and Angelina  Jol
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attended the opening of Banksy's first US exhibit in 2006 which featured a live painted elephant in the room. (Getty Images)

As a couple Brangelina famously paid £1m for a collection of original Banksy's in 2007. Then in 2012 Pitt was said to have commissioned Banksy to create a mural about Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm which ravaged New Orleans killing over 1,800 people and leaving thousands more homeless. The mural was said to cover a whole wall at the couple's private art gallery. It is not known who got the art in the divorce.

George Michael

British singer George Michael performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)
The late George Michael owned three Banksys. (AFP/GettyImages)

The late singer George Michael – who died aged 53 on Christmas Day 2016 - owned three Banksy artworks. He was known to have paid £400,000 for two Banksy originals. Then in 2012 he commissioned a mural to be painted at his home for a reported £2m.

When Michael died his sisters were said to have inherited a £98m fortune from him.

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