BANKSY - Di-Faced Tenner
This framed 2004 print by BANKSY titled 'Di-Faced Tenner' is an offset lithograph on housed in a plexi-box display case. Not hand signed or numbered.
In 2004 Banksy used the artwork of the UK £10 note and replaced the Queen’s head with Princess Diana’s. He also changed the wording to “Banksy of England” and “I Promise to Pay the Bearer on Demand the Ultimate Price.” The back features Darwin’s image and the statement: “Trust No One.” That year Banksy famously had these scattered at the Notting Hill Carnival and the Reading Rock Festival. These notes were also given with invitations to a Santa's Ghetto exhibition by Pictures on Walls (POW). The notes struck up controversy in more ways than one. Not only because of speculations of rivalry between Diana & the Queen but also the illegitimacy and act of crime in mass production of counterfeit money. A limited run of 50 signed posters containing ten uncut notes were also produced and sold by Pictures on Walls (POW) for £100 each to commemorate the death of Princess Diana. One of these sold in October 2007 at Bonhams auction house in London for £24,000.
Display case size: 150 x 10mm
What is Pictures on Walls? (POW) POW was started in 2003 by a loose collection of artists, graffiti writers and illustrators who were shunned by the controlling influencers of the day. Over the years many of the artists, including Banksy, mastered their craft, and despite attempts at price fixing, some POW prints are now worth tens of thousands of pounds. Either unable or unwilling to become part of the art market, POW called it quits and shut down in 2017. Banksy’s most famous work, ‘Girl With Balloon’ (2004 unsigned edition of 600) was originally listed on POW for just £75.
Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.
BANKSY - Di-Faced Tenner
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