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Prints and Multiples / Banksy (born 1974) Girl with Balloon Screenprint in colours, 2004, numbered 184/600 DN in pencil, published by Pictures on Walls, London, the full sheet, with pale time staining to the extreme sheet edges, in overall very good condition, framedSheet 700 x 500mm. (27 1/2 x 19 5/8in.)

Lot 91
AR
Banksy
(born 1974)
Girl with Balloon
Amended
29 June 2022, 14:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

£80,000 - £120,000

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Banksy (born 1974)

Girl with Balloon
Screenprint in colours, 2004, numbered 184/600 DN in pencil, published by Pictures on Walls, London, the full sheet, with pale time staining to the extreme sheet edges, in overall very good condition, framed

Sheet 700 x 500mm. (27 1/2 x 19 5/8in.)

Footnotes

This work is accompanied by the new certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control Office.

Possibly one of the most iconic artworks of the 21st century, Banksy Girl with Balloon has acquired a notoriety to which few contemporary works can lay claim. A favourite with the public and collectors alike, its fame is based not only on the minimal design, universal message and straightforward approach, but also on the various events punctuating the life of the artwork.

These include the original murals in London started in 2002, all removed one after the other while Banksy's reputation was growing, or the re-worked version made at the occasion of the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict, with the little girl wearing a headscarf, projected onto the Eiffel Tower and Nelson's Column to raise awareness about the devastating conflict.

The most infamous event linked to this image however occurred in 2018, when one version on canvas, moments after selling over £1M at auction, started to automatically self-destruct through a hidden shredding mechanism that had been placed in the frame by the artist years before. Making headlines the world over, appropriately renamed Love is in the Bin by Banksy afterwards, and happily kept by the new owner, the image went from a universal symbol of hope, to achieving a cult status as one of the best art stunts ever orchestrated.

Today Girl with Balloon is the artist's most sought-after print. The symbolism of the work should not be overlooked: hope remains the main message of this iconic work, which is also what gives it the timelessness that is essential to all great and iconic artworks.

Saleroom notices

Please note this lot is from the unsigned edition of 600 and not as stated on the printed catalogue. For the correct description, please refer to Bonhams website.

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