10 Cope2 Artworks Conveying Graffiti History
Well known street artist Cope2 was in focus recently, when he was arrested, and, if you remember, we wrote about this incident. As you may also remember, WideWalls had an exclusive statement of Cope2, regarding this arrest – he said that one of the How and Nosm twin brothers (that one being How) was involved in the incident. But right now, we are focusing on something else: many of Cope2’s artworks have participated at art auctions, and several were sold for significant prices. One Cope’s artwork was actually sold for a five-figure price.
Ok, why are we saying that Cope2 artworks are conveying graffiti history? Well, Fernando Carlo, that is Cope2’s real name, is world wide known as one of the general founders of graffiti. And he has passed through all stages of development of graffiti and street art. Although he started writing graffiti way back in 1978 and 1979, he didn’t become well known for his “throw-up” and “wildstyle” graffiti until the middle of the nineties. He begun tagging subway trains in the beginning of the eighties. In 1988 the subway graffiti era ended, but, unlike many, Cope2 didn’t leave graffiti and street art. He continued his work on the streets, and became a very influential street artist for many young graffiti artists – and up to this day, he remains to be that. This is why Cope2’s works, that have been sold at auctions world-wide, are true witnesses of graffiti history.
So, let’s go now and take a look at which Cope2’s artworks were doing particularly good at art auctions. We will start from number 10 of our Top 10 list.
Sans titre, 2011
At number 10, we have Cope2’s unnamed (sans titre in French) artwork from 2011. It was sold in February 2012 at Artcurial (Briest, Poulain, F. Tajan) auction house in Paris, for $5,920. That was a good result, because it was estimated at $2,630 – $3,950, so, it was sold with +50 percent over high estimate.
Sans Titre, 2011
Sans Titre, 2012
Very Tough, 2014
At number six, we have Cope2’s Very Tough, mixed media on canvas, that was executed in 2014. It was sold in February 2015 at Artcurial, for $6,830. This was the low estimate – Very Tough was estimated at $6,830 – $9,100.