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Gold Flag


A monochromatic colour palette that blends black and shades of grey with the gold detailing, this original and unsigned print is another of Banksy’s pieces that is inspired by war, specifically based on a famous World War II photograph of U.S. Marines raising the American flag after the battle of Iwo Jima.


Medium: Screen Print
Format: Unsigned Print
Year: 2006
Size: H 80cm x W 122cm
Framing details: Framed with glass
Edition size: 500
Signed: No
Condition: Excellent
Provenance: Pest Control COA


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More About Banksy’s ‘Gold Flag’

This piece puts the spotlight onto the normal citizens and people who are impacted by war but in such a way that the overall effect is rather dull and uninspiring. It creates a very clever reflection on the reality of regular people’s input to any war, designed to show urban youths standing in the place where often soldiers and politicians will stand, but under a bland and mournful sky of darkness. The lack of colour could well indicate a lack of life and a lack of real feeling.

The Story Behind Banksy’s ‘Gold Flag’

There are a number of different elements to this piece that require reflection, the first of which is the melancholy use of gold and black to mute the activity which is occurring. As well as dulling the movement, the gold could also be a direct reflection of Banksy’s desire to put a spotlight on and celebrate the inclusion and involvement of normal citizens in the war effort.

But that’s not all. When you look closely at the piece, you can see that the figures are young – something that Banksy often does in his war pieces, to juxtapose the violence and create a visual trigger that links war and violence to the destruction of innocence. Whether or not the children in the piece are meant to know about their war links or not is open to interpretation, however, there have been Banksy buyers and critics who link this piece to everything from the American dream illusion to the rise in poverty as a result of war efforts.

The History of this Piece

As you can see, Banksy’s piece of work shows a selection of young people holding up the flag – in direct reflection of a real photo that showed marine troops raising the US flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. This real-life link adds to the messaging explored above, by likening Banksy’s depiction of children atop a burnt-out car to a real war situation.

Released in 2007, ‘Gold Flag’ was created in two versions – one gold and one silver. The silver edition is the largest ever collection release that Banksy has done, with 1,000 unsigned prints making it into circulation and being snapped up by avid Banksy buyers and fans. Today, the ‘Gold Flag’ collection of original prints still pops up regularly at auctions.

Sell your Banksy ‘Gold Flag’

With the Silver version of the Flag piece a common asset in circulation, original and unsigned ‘Gold Flag’ prints are highly coveted due to their place as a historical piece that is inspired by and reminiscent of true events.

If you’re looking to sell your ‘Gold Flag’ print, our team can provide you with a fair and accurate valuation ready to take to market.

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