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Banksy Art For Sale: Golf Sale

Banksy Golf Sale
Artist: Banksy (British, born 1974)

Title: Golf Sale

Year: 2003

Style: Urban/Street Art

Medium: Silk screen print on paper

Picture Size: 48cm wide x 34cm high

Edition: Original Numbered Limited Edition Print of 150, Signed by Banksy (One of only 150 signed examples from the total edition of 750)

Current Location: UK

Provenance: Signed and Stamped 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 (Pest Control). 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.

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.

This is a rare opportunity to own this iconic piece of political art. Golf Sale is based on the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. On June 5, suppression of the protest by the Chinese government was immortalised in the media by the famous video footage and photographs of a lone man, with a shopping bag, standing in front of a column of tanks. As the tank driver attempted to go around him, the "Tank Man" moved into its path. He continued to stand defiantly in front of the tanks for some time, then climbed up onto the turret of the lead tank to speak to the soldiers inside.

In Banksy's piece, a human-advertising board, one of the least paid and lowest powerful positions in society, is shown grasping a sudden opportunity of power.

Another interpretation is that consumerism can distract from more important issues. Banksy comments: "We can't do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves."

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: £40,000. 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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