The exhibition, taking place at the same time as the Hong Kong edition of Art Basel, focuses on important Street artists including Banksy, KAWS, Invader, Keith Haring and Hong Kong artist Tsang Tsou Choi.

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They Would Be Kings has been curated by Steve Lazarides, renowned for representing Banksy during the emergence of Street art. Although Lazarides, since 2009, no longer has a working relationship with the enigmatic Banksy, he still displays his works. In 2014 at Sotheby's, London, he curated a show which included Banksy works from his own collection as well as pieces from private collections which had not been displayed to the public before.

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The exhibition begins with pieces from the 1960's, and follows the Street art movement through to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring of the 1980's to important present day artists.

In recent years, Street art has been on the radar of keen Chinese collectors, who have been observing its progress on the market in the West in the last decade. Artists such as Invader and KAWS have recently sold particularly well in the East, with both artists selling in Hong Kong for prices in excess of $280 000. Search realized prices for Invader and KAWS here.

In 2014, Hong Kong debuted Hkwalls, their first international street art and graffiti festival. Hong Kong galleries followed suit, and now Street art events are becoming more frequent on the Hong Kong calendar.

They Would Be Kings is on display at Sotheby's Hong Kong S|2 gallery until March 26.