How Much is Mr. Brainwash Art Worth? Street Art Value Guide

Mr. Brainwash urban art value – in the Street Art Value Guide series. See also: Banksy, RETNA, KAWS, Mr. Brainwash and Shepard Fairey art value guides.

How Much is Mr. Brainwash Worth?

Mr. Brainwash’s estimated net worth is currently about $20 million. That comes from a combination of commercial collaborations, auction sales, and other income from Mr. Brainwash’s films. Since his initial burst onto the urban art scene in 2008, Mr. Brainwash has become a major fixture in the art world, with exhibitions and film festivals frequently showing his work. 

What is Mr. Brainwash famous for?

Mr. Brainwash entered the art world famously in the 2010 Banksy-produced documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. In it, we are introduced to the enigmatic French artist. Mr. Brainwash, also known as Thierry Guetta, is a manager of a used clothing store, videographer, and street artist. Many critics find Mr. Brainwash’s style to be similar to that of Banksy, to the point that it’s been hypothesized that they are the same person. 

How did Mr. Brainwash get started?

Discovered by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash very first exhibition was the self-financed, Life is Beautiful, in 2008 which ended up a startling success for the artist. He followed this by designing an album cover for the Madonna album, Celebration in 2009. From there his fame skyrocketed and he has now been featured in exhibitions across the world.  Read more on the Mr. Brainwash artist bio page.

What kind of art does Mr. Brainwash make?

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Mr. Brainwash uses stencils, screen printing, and spray paint to make collages that often feature iconic images or people. His frequent subjects include rock legends like Jimi Hendrix or Elvis Presley, to which he adds intense layers of color and graffiti influenced text or imagery. His art history metanarratives have helped him stay more relevant than ever, as he continues to plunge the depths of the postmodern. 

What is the most expensive Mr. Brainwash art sold by Heritage Auctions?

Fetching a price of $32,500, Follow Your Dreams (2012) an acrylic, spray paint, collage is the most expensive work by Mr. Brainwash sold by Heritage Auctions. Featuring a monkey sitting on top of a coca-cola box spray painting the titular phrase, it features bright colors, as well as images from Banksy, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Andy Warhol. It was sold on November 4th, 2019. 

How many Mr. Brainwash works have been sold by Heritage Auctions?

Heritage Auctions has sold 83 different pieces by Mr. Brainwash. Some, including the previously-mentioned, Follow Your Dreams (2012) represent major works by the artist, while others are more playful. One especially fun piece, a vinyl stormtrooper helmet with a Campbell’s condensed soup label layered on top sold for $6,250 on July 22nd, 2019. Many of the pieces sold feature fun riffs on popular culture, making them accessible to even casual collectors (especially those with a sense of humor).

What is the value of Mr. Brainwash’s art?

A significant piece by Mr. Brainwash can sell for tens of thousands of dollars while even minor works will typically sell for a few thousand. If you’re curious as to how much each Mr. Brainwash piece has sold for, check out the Mr. Brainwash artist page on the Heritage Auction site. There you’ll find former and upcoming auctions for all of Mr. Brainwash’s art in the Heritage Auctions collection. 

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Posted by Heritage Editorial

This article was written as a collaborative effort by multiple experts within the category at Heritage Auctions.

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