Banksy's "Grannies" Sold at Auction to "Top Chef" Alum

Food might be the new rock star, but there's also a lot to say about the continual colliding of the worlds of food and art. Case in point, the highest bidder on a piece by UK street artist Banksy was none other than a local chef.

The sale was dubbed the "Expo Auction" held at Bergamot Station, though it was also their annual summer auction. LA Weekly describes what and why:

Due to the planned extension of the MTA's Expo Line, the entire C Building at Bergamot Station — home to Track 16, The Robert Berman Gallery and Santa Monica Auctions — is set to be demolished.

It was Top Chef alum Stefan Richter [LAist Interview], of Stefan's in Santa Monica, who picked up Banksy's 2006 work "Grannies," at the auction, and shared his excitement online: "MY FIRST EVER BANKSY I PURCHASED IM SO HAPPY ;-)" he posted along with a set of photos of "Grannies" and other treasures he acquired, which includes "some great pieces by Ronnie Cutrone and Hans Bellmer," as Grub Street LA notes.

But the Banksy was a longtime goal, and Richter was pretty pleased: "I got an awesome deal," he said, according to LAW. "Grannies" was valued at $2,000-$3,000, pre-auction.

Robert Berman, of his eponymous Gallery, hinted there would be more auctions to come, considering the success of the "Expo" sale, and how the event attracted attendees new and returning.