Banksy - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, USA

  • 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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Lenin on roller Skates (white)

Spray paint on canvas.
40.5 x 30.5 x 4 cm (15 7/8 x 12 x 1 5/8 in).
Signed, dated ‘Banksy 2003’ and numbered of 25 on the wooden stretcher; further tagged ‘BANKSY’on the overlap. This work is from an overall edition of 25 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity provided by Pest Control.

£15,000 - 20,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £30,000

Contemporary Art Day Sale

13 October 2011