Banksy - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 4, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Forum Auctions, London, 12 October 2016, lot 10
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Banksy, Banksy: Wall and Piece, London, 2005, n.p. (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Biography


    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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Toxic Mary

stamped with the artist’s name lower right; numbered '320/600’ lower left
screen print on paper
70 x 50 cm (27 1/2 x 19 5/8 in.)
Executed in 2004, this work is number 320 from an edition of 600 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £37,800

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 4 March 2022