Banksy (British, born c. 1974/1975) is one of the most well-known, if anonymous, street artists working today. Banksy, the pseudonym adopted by the artist, guards his privacy and the details of his life remain largely unknown to the public. He initially garnered fame for his graffiti, which combines spray paint and stencilling techniques with commercial, political, and contemporary imagery, infused with ironic social commentary and humour. His work first began appearing on walls in and around Bristol and London’s Shoreditch district during the mid-1990s, and he has since gone on to place images on the sides of corporate buildings, billboards, and the Israeli West Bank wall.
The unveiling of a new Banksy works often incorporates pranks or performance. For example, he secretly added his own pieces in museums like the Tate Modern in London or the Paris Louvre, smuggling them in under a coat and discreetly affixing them to a wall. He has also opened gallery shows to the public with specially-bred rats running around the space, and once inserted an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo Bay prisoner into the Disneyland theme park in California.
In 2015, Banksy created a large-scale installation titled Dismaland Bemusement Park, and immersive and fully functional amusement park that featured political commentary on the distribution of wealth, sexism, and the UK government. The park operated from August to September of 2015, was funded by Banksy himself. In addition to his regular graffiti practice, Banksy creates works for several charities, and consistently opens exhibitions to wide audiences and critical acclaim. He lives and works in England.
"Pest Control Office" (PCO) is Banksy´s official organ. They do not "authenticate" any street work.
All street works are described as "attributed" to. It means to consider as made by the one indicated
especially with the strong evidence but in the absence of 100 % conclusive proof.
If you do not understand this please do not send enquiries and do not expect an answer.
PCO will never issue formal COA´s for what is considered street. No need to ask.
"Pest Control Office" how ever has an alternative understanding of autnenticity. Authenticity means it either is by the artist or not.
PCO has invented a third option. Works made by the artist and often signed by the artist can not get a ceritifcate of AUTHENTICITY in spite
that the artsist and PCO has confirmed the work is by the artist. This is often for gifted works in his early years. Gifted prints often dedicated from
workshops and shows and so on. The artist simply does not wish to "add value" to the owners of such works by issuing a coa. But that´s not a question of authenticity. Authenticity in art is to establish as genuine and by the artist (or not). There is nothing in between. When it comes to official numbered prints and studio works PCO is about authenticity.
We strongly advise clients and potential future clients to stay away from streetworks allegedly made by Banksy listed on mainly online auction platforms like Liveauctioneers, The Salesroom etc. where the identity of the consignor is hidden to the buyer. Many fakes with slim stories are being sold through small auction houses affiliated with the bigger platforms mentioned. Often these listings has no proven provenance, no photo documentation and no relaible selling source.
In 2007 a group af auction house specialists and exclusive dealers formed an independent authentication and certification service, dedicated to cataloguing Banksys "Street Works". Authentication was based on the professional opinion and rigorous research of VERMIN´s Board of Experts. Collectors and dealers were invited to submit their Banksy "Street Works" for possible authentication. If authenticity could be proved beyond doubt by documenting the works proven history, it was given a VERMIN certificate. All works and their proven provenance was available for public examination and published on the internet. This process was to help help protect against future fakes and will provide the single most comphrensive guide to surviving works, creating an invaluable tool for collectors, auction houses and dealers alike...
Vermin´s primary aim was to provide a necessary and valuable record of all the pieces that has survived the streets and by right of ownership and visual integrity deserve to be recognized in their own right. Sadly, whilst much of the artist´s early work has found its way in to our city´s collective consciousness, relatively few pieces have survived, those that have should be reckognozed for the iconic foundation stones they are.
VERMIN was in no way associated with the artist known as Banksy and as such is uniquely placed to provide this service without risk of prejudicing the artist to possible prosecution for vandalism.
Did Banksy approve of this service? No.
Banksy´s "Street Works" are the pieces which the artist created clandestinely on the streets and without permission at the beginning of his career as a grafitti artist. Neither the artist nor any body associated with him is free to authenticate these works without the risk of opening the artist up to potential prosecution for vandalism.....
As these works are without doubt the most important pieces the artist has created and are seminal to both his development of the Urban Art movement as a whole, it is essential that their authenticity be adressed at this early stage to protect the from loss so that their true importance can be recognised.
MultiplesInc projects specializes in works by Banksy. Originals, editions, street works & murals.
In 2014 MultiplesInc Projects hit the headlines when we purchased the largest mural ever.
The work is called "Donkey Documents". Please see "view works" for all in stock.