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Format: Unsigned Print
Size: H 80cm x W 122cm
Edition size: 500
The highest buyer-paid value for Banksy's Applause is £63,682 in April 2021, and the most recent sale was in June 2023. During the last five-year period, the hammer price varies, ranging from £4,000 in September 2018 to £50,946 in April 2021. The return to seller also varies, ranging between £3,400 and £43,304. This work first entered the market in 2016 and demonstrates a significant increase in sales value in 2020. The total sales volume of 36 and this work has sold at various international auction houses.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|July 2023||SBI Art Auction - Japan||Applause - Unsigned Print|
|August 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Applause - Unsigned Print|
|June 2022||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Applause - Unsigned Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Applause - Unsigned Print|
|March 2022||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Applause - Unsigned Print|
|September 2021||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Applause - Unsigned Print|
|September 2021||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Applause - Unsigned Print|
Banksy's Applause (2006) is an unsigned screen print from an edition of 500, depicting air traffic controllers directing a fighter jet. It mocks the glorification of war, suggesting that it is a media circus, with the "applause" sign held by one controller orchestrating popular approval for government actions.
Banksy is renowned for his social and political commentary expressed through his artworks, and Applause is no different. This powerful image is commenting on the media's glamorisation of modern warfare and its attempt to turn war into entertainment and glorify violence. This screen print is mostly monochromatic, except for the flash of bright yellow of the high-visibility vests worn by the two air traffic controllers. Another hint of colour comes in the red of their sign that reads ‘Applause,’ mimicking the format of a game show or sit-com the viewers might be watching at home, where the viewers are cued to cheer and clap through various placards. Similar anti-war statements are formulated by Banksy in notable works such as Happy Choppers and Have A Nice Day.
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