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$60,000-$90,000 VALUE (EST.)
$50,000-$80,000 VALUE (EST.)
¥260,000-¥440,000 VALUE (EST.)
€35,000-€60,000 VALUE (EST.)
$290,000-$490,000 VALUE (EST.)
¥5,230,000-¥8,720,000 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
|July 2021||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Monkey Queen - Signed Print|
|December 2020||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Monkey Queen - Signed Print|
|November 2020||International Art Centre - New Zealand||Monkey Queen - Signed Print|
|October 2020||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Monkey Queen - Signed Print|
|August 2020||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||Monkey Queen - Signed Print|
|December 2018||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Monkey Queen - Signed Print|
|October 2016||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Monkey Queen - Signed Print|
Monkey Queen is one of Banksy’s earliest screen prints, released as a signed edition of 150 in 2003. Featuring a monkey wearing the late Queen Elizabeth II's jewels and coiffed hair against a mod-style target, the image was controversial enough to spark ‘Banksygate’ but is only exemplary of Banksy’s defiant anti-authoritarian attitude.
Monkey Queen is a quintessential example of Banksy’s daring, unapologetic humour. The colourful depicts a monkey wearing all the ornamentation of a Queen -- crown, diamond necklace, and earrings – in front of a background of red, white, blue, except t not that of the Union Jack, more the ‘target’ symbol synonymous with Mods.
The three colour artwork of the photo-realistic monkey in Banksy’s spray-stencil-style. The image is reminiscent of his earlier work Laugh Now, in which he prophesied a society run by Man’s primate cousins. Having a Monkey Queen would be the ultimate symbol of monkeys taking over (as envisaged in Planet of the Apes). This painting first appeared at a youth centre’s club called The Chill Out Zone on Broad Street in Newent in around 2004.
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