Unique Camden street art doors are up for sale.

LARGE colourful doors covered in street art by noted urban artists are for sale at a Wiltshire auction house. Salvaged from the famous Camden Market in London the doors date from 2014 and a project organised by The Real Art of Street Art. The advocacy group provides walls and other surfaces for artists to spray paint.

In an unusual move, the striking doors are for sale through online bidding only via the-saleroom.com over a two-week period from Monday May 21, to Sunday June 2 (early evening). Each set of doors measures 216cm wide and 205cm high.

Camden Lock

Set up in 1975, on the site of an old timber yard, Camden Lock Market is one of the most popular visitor attractions in London. Following a fire that tore through the market in 2009, the local council repopulated the Lock area with wooden sheds. They put the sheds there for the traders to sell from in Camden Lock Village, along the side of the Regent’s Canal.

Auctioneer Edd Thomas said: ‘The sheds did the job but lacked any of the unique character which drew people to Camden. Roll forward to 2014, and ‘The Real Art of Street Art’ secured permission to repaint the market sheds.

‘Each artist had free rein to choose their own design. None who took part got paid, and they each got the same basic shed front to reimagine. Less than two years later came a decision to redevelop the site. And with that the removal of the wooden sheds.’

The doors include art by:

  • Captain Kris
  • The Real Dill
  • Fan HC
  • Secle Style (who now lives in Barcelona)
  • Zena (from Norway)
  • Seeds One
  • Winston The Whale – tattoo artist who now lives in Oregon in the USA
  • Panik (aka Jack Murray and lives in Lisbon).

Some of the doors have no attribution.

For Sale: Camden Street Art - trio of shed doors with murals
For Sale: Camden Street Art – trio of shed doors with murals

A reputation to maintain

Despite their reputation, the doors were destined for the scrap heap when Camden Lock closed for redevelopment in 2015. These doors are a few of those known to have survived and saved. The site is now a hip shopping centre with luxury apartments.

It was at the end of last year that a private collector contacted RWB Auctions. This collector owned 15 of the surviving doors. They’re going on public display from Thursday May 23 to Saturday June 1 at The View Gallery. That’s part of RWB Auctions in the High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett.

Bidding is online only.

For Sale: Camden Street Art - a camden street art door
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