Banksy - 20th Century to Now London Friday, June 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • “The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages. As a precaution to ever committing major acts of evil it is our solemn duty never to do what we’re told, this is the only way we can be sure.”
    —Banksy, Wall and Piece 

    • Provenance

      Private Collection
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • 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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Precision Bombing

stencilled with the artist’s tag 'BANKSY' lower right; numbered and dated '2000 8/10' on the stretcher
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
43 x 47.1 cm (16 7/8 x 18 1/2 in.)
Painted in 2000, this work is number 8 from an edition of 10.

Full Cataloguing

£120,000 - 180,000 

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20th Century to Now

London Auction 30 June 2023