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¥440,000-¥710,000 VALUE (EST.)
€60,000-€90,000 VALUE (EST.)
$490,000-$780,000 VALUE (EST.)
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Signed Print Edition of 150
H 50cm x W 35cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|August 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Signed Print|
|June 2021||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Signed Print|
|December 2020||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Signed Print|
|September 2020||Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Signed Print|
|January 2020||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Signed Print|
|October 2019||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Signed Print|
Banksy's Love Rat, from his Rat series, was released in a signed edition of 150 screen prints in 2004. Originally marketed as "ideal for a cheating spouse," the print depicts a rat painting a heart in red paint resembling blood, a reminder of love's painful nature.
The Love Rat image first appeared as a mural in Liverpool as one of Banksy’s first works featuring his iconic rat character. Much like fellow Graffiti Artist, Blek Le Rat, the rat is among Banksy’s favourite symbols and some 20% of his prints feature a rat, such as Gangsta Rat and Radar Rat. In this screen print, we see the rat has daubed a red heart with a paintbrush he is still holding. As rats are often associated with being dirty and disliked, this painting could be suggesting that even the worst of the worst love someone. In a different interpretation one could see the dripping red heart painted by the rat as bleeding, in which case the Love Rat is in fact the cause of some pain of the heart. As Banksy jokingly advertised this print on his site: “Ideal for a cheating spouse.” Rats are also symbols of intelligence and shrewdness, which means the rodents could even be a manifestation of Banksy himself, reflecting on his position vis-à-vis the art establishment.
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