Stik‘s story is an incredible tale of triumph over adversity. Despite starting as a homeless street artist, he never lost his passion for creating art. He developed his charming style of Stick figures made of 6 lines and two dots, reflecting his experiences and emotions. He continued painting on the streets of East London, facing numerous challenges and obstacles along the way. However, his unwavering commitment to his art eventually paid off, and he gained recognition from art enthusiasts worldwide.
Stik’s art has become a symbol of hope and resilience, representing the struggles of marginalised communities. His works have touched the hearts of many and have been used to raise awareness for important social issues. His success in the art world has also allowed him to give back to those in need, with 100% of proceeds from his ‘Street pieces’ going to charitable causes.
Today, Stik’s artworks command exorbitant prices at auctions. Some of the most prominent auction houses, including Sotheby’s, Phillips, Christie’s, and Bonham’s, have auctioned off Stik’s most famous pieces to date, and we have compiled the top 10 highest auction results for Stik’s artworks for you.
NUMBER 1/10 Auction Results for Stik
On October 23, 2020, Holding Hands (Maquette) was auctioned as part of the Post War & Contemporary Art Day Auction at Christie’s London.
The London Borough of Hackney put up for auction “Holding Hands (Maquette) by STIK” at Christie’s Auction House. The maquette, which is a quarter of the size of the permanent bronze public sculpture recently unveiled in London’s Hoxton Square, was made of patinated bronze and was an integral part of STIK’s creative process. The sculpture, commissioned by the Council, shows two figures moving in opposite directions, seemingly leading each other depending on the viewer’s position. STIK’s figures express generosity and vulnerability in just a few gestural lines as a gentle reminder to view the world from other people’s perspectives. This work is a testament to hope and community for STIK, a “sign of universal love and solidarity” that will remain as relevant in the future as it is today.
With a sale estimate between £80,000 – £120,000, the piece realised £287,500 / US$375,475.
In line with Stik’s ethos, all proceeds from the auction were donated to The London Borough of Hackney’s new socially inclusive programme of public sculpture.
Holding Hands (Maquette) by Stik. Image © Christie’s London.
NUMBER 2/10 Auction Results for Stik
On June 30, 2022, Children of Fire (2011) was auctioned as part of the Post War & Contemporary Art Day Auction at Bonhams London.
‘Children of Fire’ by Stik is a poignant piece that reflects the events of the London Riots in 2011, capturing the sense of community and togetherness amid political and social turmoil. Stik experienced the riots firsthand in his home borough of Hackney and documented the historic event at the moment. The mural depicts three childlike figures in Stik’s iconic style, surrounded by a fiery halo, conveying a range of emotions from bewilderment to vulnerability. Despite the sadness, there is a sense of defiance and ambition that shines through and inspires hope. The mural was painted in the following days on the garage door of Pogo Café, a vegan café and anarchist information centre. Two years later, Pogo Café sold Children of Fire to fund proceeds for related social causes.
The piece realised £246,000 / US$299,218
Please note that original STIK street artworks are only permitted for initial sale when 100% of the proceeds are allocated to a registered charity authorised by the artist. Children of Fire was originally sold to benefit charitable causes in 2013 and, therefore, was subsequently open for resale, as permitted and authenticated by STIK.
Children of Fire by Stik. Image © Bonhams London.
NUMBER 3/10 Auction Results for Stik
On September 18, 2019, Set of Liberty Prints (2013) was auctioned as part of the Prints and Multiples Auction at Christie’s London.
Located in the heart of New York City’s Tompkins Square, Stik’s Liberty mural is a powerful work of art that captures the essence of civil disobedience through its portrayal of a stick figure reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty. The prints based on the mural showcase the empowering stance of the stickman, who stands tall and strong in the face of adversity. The historical significance of the location where the mural is situated adds to its impact.
The deluxe set that came to auction included five screenprints in vibrant colours, all entitled “Liberty,” which were released in collaboration with the Dorian Grey Gallery in New York back in 2013. Each print is signed and numbered AP 4/5, and printed on Somerset wove paper by Squarity in London. The set includes Liberty (Red), Liberty (Orange), Liberty (Blue), Liberty (Aqua), and Liberty (Yellow).
With a sale estimate between £80,000 – £120,000, the piece realised £200,000 / US$249,390
Liberty by Stik. Image © Christie’s London.
NUMBER 4/10 Auction Results for Stik
On December 5, 2018, Big Mother (2014) was auctioned as part of the New Now Auction at Phillips London.
In 2014, Stik created a large-scale mural called Big Mother on Charles Hocking House in Acton, West London. The artwork depicts a mother carrying her child against a vibrant yellow backdrop and stands at an impressive 38.2 meters tall. Stik also painted a miniature version of the same image on the same wall at ground level. The smaller version was removed and framed after Charles Hocking House was demolished in 2018. Stik’s intention in creating Big Mother was to raise awareness of the significance of social housing and to highlight the community that lived in the condemned West London council tower block. To further support this cause, the artist decided to donate any profit from the remaining section of the mural to ‘Artification’, a free art program for residents of Charles Hocking House and the surrounding area.
“Social housing in Britain is under threat, this piece is to remind the world that all people need homes”Stik
With a sale estimate between £25,000 – £35,000, the piece realised £193,750 / US$247,615
SOLD TO BENEFIT Artification Charity
Big Mother by Stik. Image © Phillips London.
NUMBER 5/10 Auction Results for Stik
On March 3, 2022, Untitled (Live Painting) was auctioned as part of the Modern & Contemporary Day Auction at Sotheby’s London.
This painting was created by Stik in 2009 and was painted live using acrylic onboard. It measures 224.6 by 121.9 cm, is untitled, and is signed on the reverse. The painting is framed and measures 228.7 by 125.9 cm. It was first owned by Upfest Gallery in Bristol before being acquired by a private collector.
With a sale estimate between £60,000 – £80,000, the piece realised £170,1000 / $227,875!
Untitled (Live Painting) by Stik. Image © Sotheby’s London.
NUMBER 6/10 Auction Results for Stik
On February 13, 2020, Standing Embrace (2009) was auctioned as part of the Post War & Contemporary Art Day Auction at Christie’s London.
Stik’s Standing Embrace canvas is a significant example of his depictions of closely intertwined individuals. The artist was commissioned to paint a portrait of R. Fraser, a notable figure in the British music industry, and his wife. Despite employing a seemingly simple visual style, Stik imbues the painting with suggestive undertones that tie it closely to his contemporaneous Kama Sutra series. Fraser became an early champion, patron, and close friend of the artist due to his enthusiasm for the painting. The piece is signed and dated ‘STIK 2009’ on the overlap and is also inscribed with the artist’s insignia and dedicated ‘commissioned for Russel by Stik’ on the stretcher.
With a sale estimate between £50,000 – £70,000, the piece realised £156,250 / US$202,345
Standing Embrace (2009) by Stik. Image © Christie’s London.
NUMBER 7/10 Auction Results for Stik
On September 20, 2018, Up on the Roof (2009) was auctioned as part of the Prints and Multiples Auction at Christie’s London.
This piece by Stik is called “Up on the Roof” and was created in 2009. It is made of gloss emulsion on plywood and is hand-painted on both sides. This series of sculptures originally consisted of sixteen unique pieces, but unfortunately, only three of them have survived to this day. The present sculpture was included in the artist’s first solo show at the Mile End Art Pavilion, London, with ten others from the series. Each figure was attached to the ceiling by wires so that the sculptures could be moved around to create different interactions and conversations between the figures.
The sculpture ‘Up on the Roof’ was titled by the Cardboard Citizens production of the same name and was placed on the side of the Brady Arts and Community Centre from 2010 to 2018, where the performance was held. The Cardboard Citizens organisation is well-known for its innovative use of participatory arts and theatre to engage homeless individuals and raise awareness for marginalised people.
With a sale estimate between £15,000 – £25,000, the piece realised £150,000 / US$199,052
This piece was sold to benefit Cardboard Citizens. The proceeds raised from the sale of this sculpture will help fund existing work and deliver further projects in the local community.
Up On The Roof (2009) by Stik. Image © Christie’s London.
NUMBER 8/10 Auction Results for Stik
On March 1, 2023, Stik Untitled (2011) was auctioned as part of the post-war & Contemporary Art Day Auction at Christie’s London.
A vibrant yellow painting by Stik featuring a family was painted in 2011. The piece is signed and dated ‘STIK 2011’ on the overlap. The painting measures 63 x 31 1/2in. (160.5 x 80cm.), was created using acrylic on canvas.
With a sale estimate between £60,000 – £80,000, the piece realised £138,600 / US$166,777
Untitled (2009) by Stik. Image © Christie’s London.
NUMBER 9/10 Auction Results for Stik
On July 2, 2021, Stik’s Untitled (2010) was auctioned as part of the Post War & Contemporary Art Day Auction at Christie’s London.
An acrylic on canvas piece titled “Untitled”, depicting three figures on a purple background, was painted by Stik in 2010. It measures 35 7/8 x 48 inches and is signed “STIK” on the overlap. The present owner from Philistines Art in London acquired the piece in 2011.
With a sale estimate between £60,000 – £80,000, the piece realised £131,250 / US$181,453
Untitled (2010) by Stik. Image © Christie’s London.
NUMBER 10/10 Auction Results for Stik
On October 16, 2021, Stik’s Untitled (2009) was auctioned as part of the Post War & Contemporary Art Day Auction at Christie’s London.
This artwork is an untitled piece by Stik, created in 2009. It is made of paint and spray paint on a steel barrel and consists of two parts, each measuring 34 3/4 x 22 7/8 x 22 7/8 inches. The overall dimensions of the piece are 69 1/2 x 22 7/8 x 22 7/8 inches. The artwork is signed by the artist on the top of the lower part. It was acquired directly from the artist in 2009 by a private collection in the UK and has since been passed down to the present owner. In 2009, it was exhibited at Baazart in London.
With a sale estimate between £40,000 – £60,000, the piece realised £125,000 / US$171,813
Untitled (2009) by Stik. Image © Christie’s London.
Stik’s journey from homelessness to becoming a leading auction artist is inspiring and remarkable. Despite facing countless challenges, Stik never gave up on his passion for art and worked tirelessly to achieve his dreams. Today, Stik is not only known for his artworks but also for his charitable contributions. He has always been committed to giving back to the community and will donate 100% of his auction proceeds of ‘Street Pieces’ to various charities and causes.
The urban art world is proud of Stik and his mission to positively impact the world through his art and charitable endeavours.
The sale price includes the hammer price and buyer’s premium, as well as any other additional fees (e.g., Artist’s Resale Rights).