Original Banksy Di-Faced Tenner
Original Banksy Di-Faced Tenner - Framed.
An important piece within the historical context of Banksy’s output, the ‘Di Faced Tenner’ is a pun on the word ‘defaced’ and refers to the fact that here Banksy has altered the familiar £10 note by replacing the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with that of the late Princess Diana. The piece can be seen as a comment on Diana’s estrangement of Diana from the royal family, her critique of the British royal institution, and the hounding by the press that ensued. Instead of ‘Bank of England’, the note reads, ‘Banksy of England’. Under the banner, an inscription reads, ‘I promise to pay the bearer on demand the ultimate price’, a reference to the fate of the late Princess.
The reverse side of the print remains mainly unchanged except for the motto ‘Trust No One’ written in the lower-right corner, beneath the portrait of Charles Darwin. The note is printed with inks on paper near identical to that used on official UK-issued currency.
The piece was created in 2004, largely as a public art stunt at the Notting Hill Carnival and at the Reading Festival. There were reports that after the events that some of these counterfeit notes were actually found used found in the tills, presumably having been mistaken by some for real notes during the events.
Also inside the frame is an original postcard of Dismaland, a temporary artistic installation, which was organized by Banksy and lasted thirty-six days, from 21 August to 27 September 2015 at the Tropicana, a disused maritime lido in the tourist resort of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. The exhibit was presented as an "anti-Disneyland amusement park".
Banknote size: 7.5 x 14.5 cm.
Frame size: 32 x 28 cm
The percentage of the proceeds devolved to charity from the sale of this lot will be equally divided among the 20 charities who have subscribed to the CharityStars NPO Premium program.
These charities are:
- Associazione Amici di Sean
- Associazione Bambin Gesù
- Associazione Bianca Garavaglia
- Associazione LaSpes
- Associazione Stelle nello Sport
- Associazione White Mathilda
- DBA Onlus
- Fondazione Cannavaro Ferrara
- Fondazione IEO-CCM
- Fondazione Magnoni
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- Fondazione Theodora Onlus
- Fondazione Umberto Veronesi
- Global Humanitarian Italia Onlus
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- In Campo con il Cuore
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