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Banksy Art For Sale: Because I'm Worthless

Banksy Because I'm Worthless
Artist: Banksy (British, born 1974)

Title: Because I'm Worthless

Year: 2004

Style: Urban/Street Art

Medium: Silkscreen

Picture Size: 35cm wide x 50 cm high / 13 3/4 inches wide x 19 3/4 inches high

Edition: Original Limited Edition Print of 175

Current Location: UK

Provenance: Certificate of Authenticity (COA) with Di-Faced Tenner authentication attached - the authentication process involves an image of Princess Dianna on a £10 "banknote" (a Banksy creation) which is hand numbered and then torn. Then one part of the note is stapled to the COA and the other retained by Banksy's representatives, Pictures on Walls (POW). This of course makes it extremely simple to authenticate a particular Banksy piece purchased from ArtFair by matching the two parts of the note together. There is also an embossed authenticity stamp encircling the edition number from the POW Printmaking Studios on the image.

Banksy Collectors: Banksy collectors are reported to include Damien Hirst, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, Macaulay Culkin, Paul Smith, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow and Christina Aguilera.

Comment: Banksy has captured the world's attention and held it since the late 1990s, when his controversial stencilled artworks rose to fame and transformed him into Britain's most celebrated graffitti artist. His contempt for authority is no secret and he continues to display powerful artworks on walls, streets and bridges across the globe.

The depiction of a rat is Banksy's most iconic, recurring theme and is said to be a tribute to Parisian graffitti artist Blek Le Rat who influenced Banksy's work. The term "Because I'm Worthless" is thought to be a negative reference to the cosmetic company L'Oreal's advertising tagline "Because I'm Worth It".

Opinion: Banksy has produced a range of highly-collectable limited edition artworks which have become hugely popular. Whether you are a first time Banksy buyer, a regular collector or an investor looking to diversify your portfolio with tangible assets, Banksy's art, as it has shown in the past, may prove to be a lucrative investment.

Price: £45,000. We would personally deliver it to you for free anywhere on the UK mainland, and you can see it in your home or office before payment. We show you the piece, and if for any reason you decided not to purchase, we simply take it away, i.e. you will not have to wrap or ship it back to us.

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