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More About Banksy’s ‘Di Faced Tenner’
The longer you look at the ‘Di Faced Tenner’ by Banksy, the more details you will notice – from the figurehead to the ‘Banksy of England’ across the top and the slogan ‘I promise to pay the bearer on demand the ultimate price’.
There are a number of messages and comments at play in this collection of pieces, of which 50 signed sheets of five notes each were released in 2004 – starting with the title “Di Faced” which is a play on the word ‘defaced’ and quite literally links to Banksy’s decision to take a recognisable form of money and give it a new spin.
The Story Behind Banksy’s ‘Di Faced Tenner’
Banksy is the king of social commentary and displaying criticism of high society – and this piece is no different.
An undeniable nod to the complexity of the British royal family and its relationships, every element of this lithographic work is designed to make people think twice about what they see and what they know – with the ‘Banksy of England’ header citing the artist while the line below it references the ultimate price that Diana paid as a result of her estrangement and the following actions.
It doesn’t end there. The reverse side of each of the counterfeit notes shows the expected design of a ten-pound note but with one difference – underneath Charles Darwin reads the line “Trust No One”. This likely alludes to the fact that it wasn’t just the royal family but also the press that continued to push Diana until her untimely death.
History of this Piece
This piece is much more than just an artistic release from Banksy. Designed initially as a publicity stunt, Banksy had £1 million worth of counterfeit notes produced and dropped into a crowd at Notting Hill Carnival and Reading Festival in 2004 – with people first scrambling for what they believed was real money. Despite the ten-pound notes being counterfeit, there is certainly some poetry to the fact that these pieces of art are now worth huge sums of money at auction, with Banksy sellers bidding high sums to take home their own sheet of signed notes from the collection of 50 in circulation.
To add to the history and future value of these notes, Banksy’s own authentication organisation ‘Pest Control’ has a process through which it verifies the authenticity of the bills to prevent fakes ones from being auctioned and sold off to Banksy buyers for high values. This involves ripping the bills and attaching them to certificates that cannot be replicated.
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