12 February 2010
BANKSY (B. 1975)
YOU TOLD THAT JOKE TWICE
STENCILED 'BANKSY' (LOWER RIGHT)
ACRYLIC, SPRAY ENAMEL AND OILSTICK ON CANVAS
49 1/8 X 65IN. (125 X 165.2CM.)
PAINTED IN 2000
ACQUIRED FROM THE ABOVE BY THE PRESENT OWNER IN 2005.
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BANKSY (ED.), BANKSY WALL AND PIECE, LONDON 2005 (ILLUSTRATED, PP. 165-164).
BRISTOL, SEVERNSHED, BANKSY, 2000.
THIS WORK HAS BEEN AUTHENTICATED BY PEST CONTROL OFFICE.
EXHIBITED AT BANKSY'S SEMINAL FIRST INDOOR PAINTINGS SHOW AT SEVERNSHED IN HIS HOMETOWN OF BRISTOL, YOU TOLD THAT JOKE TWICE, SHOWS THE PLAYFUL WIT ASSOCIATED WITH BANKSY'S PARED DOWN COMPOSITIONS. YOU TOLD THAT JOKE TWICE OFFERS THE FAMILIAR TROPE OF ONE OF THE ARTIST'S FAVORITE SCAPEGOATS, THE FACELESS POLICE OFFICER, IN THIS CASE ON A WITCH-HUNT FOR THE PAGLIACCI OF PEACE. THE IMPLIED FORCE REDUCED TO A PATHETIC SCENE AND EFFECTIVE FARCE.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis. Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
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