Banksy - Di-Faced Tenner £10 Note
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Banksy (English, b. 1974)
Di-Faced Tenner £10 Note, 2004
Unnumbered, unsigned, as issued
Unframed: 7.6 x 14.3 cm (2.99 x 5.63 in)
Framed: 54.6 x 60.3 cm (21.5 x 23.75 in)
Custom framed in a Greco style water gilded ornate frame with a complex matting comprising rich emerald green silk that is continuously wrapped on a 4ply top mat, overlaying a 12ply bevel, with another 4ply matting including an ornate fillet. The £10 Note is lifted off the matching silk platform using a 8ply depth recessed riser. Protected with optimum museum anti-reflective, uv-filtering acrylic.
In 2004, Banksy printed £1 million worth of fake £10 notes that replaced the visage of Queen Elizabeth II with that of late Princess Diana. Banksy then dropped the money on crowds at the Notting Hill Carnival and at the Reading Festival.
It is titled Di-faced Tenner, a play on the word “defaced.” Issued by the “Banksy of England,” the currency reads “trust no one” on the verso, which features Charles Darwin.