Di Faced Tenners by Banksy

Di Faced Tenners Banksy

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Banksy’s early screenprint Di Faced Tenners was released in 2004. The work featured five £10 notes per sheet, printed on both sides. It was released in 50 unsigned and 50 signed editions, as well as 32 Artist’s Proofs.

The notes were rumoured to be a collaboration between Banksy and a street art associate named D*Face. But ‘Di Faced’ is a pun on the word ‘defaced’ and refers to the fact that here Banksy has altered the familiar £10 note by replacing the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with that of the late Princess Diana. The piece can be seen as a comment on Diana’s estrangement of Diana from the royal family, her critique of the British royal institution, and the hounding by the press that ensued. Instead of ‘Bank of England’, the note reads, ‘Banksy of England’. Under the banner, an inscription reads, ‘I promise to pay the bearer on demand the ultimate price’, a reference to the fate of the late Princess, at the hands of the media.

The reverse side of the print remains mainly unchanged except for the motto ‘Trust No One’ written in the lower-right corner, beneath the portrait of Charles Darwin. The note is printed with inks on paper near identical to that used on official UK-issued currency.

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