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  • Provenance

    Commissioned for the interior of the Ocean Rooms Night Club, Brighton
    Bonhams, London, 5 February 2008, lot 10
    Artificial Gallery, London
    Private Collection, United States
    Phillips, New York, 12 November 2013, lot 161
    Private Collection, United Kingdom
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Bio


    British • 1975 - N/A

    Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a miserable fourteen year old disillusioned with school. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and walls in 1993, and by 2001 his blocky, spray-painted works had cropped up all over the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His aesthetic is clean and instantly readable due to his knack for reducing complex political and social statements to simple visual elements.

    His graffiti, paintings and screenprints use whimsy and humour to satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed — with not even the Royal family safe from his anti-establishment wit.

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Laugh Now

spray paint on painted board, in 3 parts
107.5 x 604.5 cm (42 3/8 x 237 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2002, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control.

Estimate on Request

Banksy: Who's Laughing Now?

Hong Kong Selling Exhibition 17 November - 7 December 2018