Banksy's rise in popularity and
value have lead to a sharp rise in reproductions
of his works, with many
high value prints being offered for sale on well
known internet auction sites. So if your considering
buying a banksy piece do your homework!
Banksy prints are now released
by Pictures on Walls who are a London based gallery
who represent the artist. Prints are usually issued
with numbering and a Pictures on Walls blindstamp
and POW will record the owners details of each
print. Not all Banksy releases were/are signed.
This is the case for most
works but older pieces can be missing some or
all of the above.
If you are thinking of buying
a piece of artwork then you should ask if there
is any provenance. Provenance means the origin,
or the source, of something, This may be a receipt
or C.O.A. (certificate of authentication). With
Banksy art you can check with POW who the piece
you are buying is registered to if numbered. If
the piece is not numbered you can still get it's
authenticity checked. POW offer a service to check
authenticity and you can contact them via their
Banksy pieces can also be authenticated
via www.pestcontroloffice.com who along with POW
are the only recognised people to verify his work.
There is a charge for the service.
Banksy works have been sold at
various locations including Santas Ghetto, Green
Leaf Bookstore and TomTom Gallery to name but
a few and some of these works would of come with
just a receipt.
Banksy will not authenticate street
pieces SO DON'T TAKE THEM! they are worthless!