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Signed Print Edition of 150
H 70cm x W 70cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|March 2023||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||I Fought The Law - Signed Print|
|July 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||I Fought The Law - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||I Fought The Law - Signed Print|
|March 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||I Fought The Law - Signed Print|
|September 2021||Christie's London - United Kingdom||I Fought The Law - Signed Print|
|April 2021||Christie's London - United Kingdom||I Fought The Law - Signed Print|
|March 2021||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||I Fought The Law - Signed Print|
In 2004, Banksy created I Fought The Law, a signed screen print from an edition of 150. Based on footage of the failed attempt on Reagan's life, Banksy’s print replaces the assassin’s gun with a paintbrush, which he has used in graffitiing an altered song title by The Clash.
I Fought The Law shows a photo-realistic black and white stencil figure of a man being pinned down by three other men, while a man in the foreground drinks what appears to be a bottle of beer. The man being pinned down by the group has just dropped a paintbrush covered in orange paint, with which he has graffitied ‘I Fought The Law And I Won’, on the wall behind them. The writing on the wall is a play on the infamous Clash song, ‘I Fought The Law and The Law Won.’
By subverting this phrase, Banksy makes a statement on how those who rise above the law and fight protocol are invariably knocked down by the jeering masses. Alternatively, it could be seen that, despite getting caught, the graffiti artist had already won – by writing on the wall, he had succeeded in getting his message out there despite what happened next. The positioning of the men in the image is a reversal of photographs capturing the assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan.
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