Banksy - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Description

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    TateWard Auctions, London, 10 April 2019, lot 511
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Brussels, Deodato Art Gallery, The Brussels Show, 25 March - 22 May 2021 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Ulrich Blanché, Banksy: Urban Art in a Material World, Marburg, 2016, pp. 132, 134-136 (another example listed)
    Gianna Mercurio, ed., A Visual Protest: The Art of Banksy, London, 2020, p. 99 (another example listed and illustrated, p. 98)

  • 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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Very Little Helps

signed 'BANKSY' lower right; numbered '198/299' lower left
screenprint in colours on wove paper
image 46.5 x 34.9 cm (18 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.)
sheet 50.7 x 37.3 cm (19 7/8 x 14 5/8 in.)

Executed in 2008, this work is number 198 from an edition of 299, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control.

£50,000 - 70,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 29 June 2022