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”Laugh Now but one day we will be in charge” Unique work 2001. Aerosol spray paint on heavy stock. Signed Banksy in the stencil. Exhibited in Covent Garden in 2009 ”Please Love Me 10 Years of Banksy"
Signed Banksy in the spray.
Exhibited at Covent Garden "Please Love Me - 10 years of Banksy". Numerous photos exist. Bankrobber Gallery, London. "Laugh Now" The work is shown on several occasions in the Netflix film "How to sell a Banksy" in connection with Bankrobber Gallery. This is the largest Monkey in existence. And it has both the antennae and the feet. And it´s 6 times larger than the samller ones sold on auction.
On June 26 th 2017 Sothebys sold a small 20 x 20 cm Monkey for 412.000 GBP. This one is over 37 times bigger in square cm´s.
Pest Control Office: Yes Banksy did this.
Signature: Signed BANKSY in the spray.
Exhibited at Covent Garden "Please Love Me - 10 years of Banksy". Numerous photos exist. Bankrobber Gallery, London. "Laugh Now" The work is shown on several occasions in the Netflix movie "How to sell a Banksy" in connection with bankrobber Gallery.
2001 - 2002 Private collection London.
2002 - 2012 May & Daron Robinson, London
2012 - 2014 Brandler Galleries. Essex.
Since 2014 private collection
Excerpt from theage.com.au with Daron and May who gives some valuable information on how they became the second owners of the work. The interview is still online:
"On the internet Daron and May Robinson took a leap of faith when they bought an unauthorised Banksy stencil off eBay.
"We first started seeing Banksy's graffiti-art around London in 2002 and just loved it. Everyone did. They were so clever and witty and the more we saw, the more we wanted one.
"At that time his original works were selling for about $7000, which we couldn't afford. Then we saw one of his monkey stencils for sale on eBay from an unknown private seller and decided to bid on it. We almost lost the auction because I'd forgotten to pay my last eBay fees, but finally we won it for $1500 and had to get out a loan to pay.
"We met the seller on the street, handed over the cash and he gave us the stencil, which was printed on the back of an old band poster. We took it home thinking, 'Oh no, we've been duped'. We really loved it but it was a lot of money for us then, so we had to see it as an investment, too. We did some research and discovered it was real; his studio used to be above a record label and he would use their old promo posters to test out his stencils.
''After that we began collecting more Banksy, we bought a couple of prints and some Di-faced notes, and have watched the value of his work skyrocket. Last year we contacted his official authentication company, Pest Control, to confirm our monkey was authentic and we recently got back a reply saying: 'This is by the artist but it was done as a test stencil and not intended as a work of art, therefore a certificate of authentication can't be issued.' We don't really care because we love Banksy and that's why we bought it, but we do think it's odd to say that some of my art isn't art. If we had got the authentication our stencil would be worth $300,000. With this letter it's worth nearer to $100,000, not that we're complaining!"
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
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