Banksy, ‘Di-faced Tenner’, 2004, Lougher Contemporary

British street artist Banksy is known for his irreverent humour and critically witty pieces. Di-Faced Tenner is a counterfeit ten-pound note, where the artist replaces a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with one of Diana, Princess of Wales. On the back, below Charles Darwin, the text reads "TRUST NO ONE" and "Bank of England" has been changed to "Banksy of England".

Please note that these are neither signed nor numbered. Banksy's authentication board, Pest Control, do not issue Certificates of Authenticity (COA) for the Di-Faced Tenners and as such this particular work does not come with a COA. This is however sold with a guarantee that the work is authentic, having originally been gifted to the original owner by Lazarides Gallery. It is in mint condition and has never been framed or displayed.

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About Banksy

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. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” 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.

British, Bristol, United Kingdom