At Bottleneck, we’ve been pop-culture obsessed purveyors of art for almost a decade, but we’ve also always been major proponents of a wide variety of art, including street art. As longtime collectors ourselves, we’re always trying to represent artists and movements from different facets of the art world, and this week, we’re proud to unveil a release featuring a piece from the most notorious street artist and modern performance artist in the world, Banksy.
We’ve spent some time acquiring Banksy Di-faced Tenner’s from the private collection of Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s original art agent. Steve represented Banksy in his early years and brought his art into the public spotlight. The Di-faced Tenner was created for a public stunt Banksy had orchestrated that involved dropping a suitcase full of the fake currency in public, during rush hour at the Liverpool tube station in London and at the Notting Hill Carnival and Reading Festival. Later that year, an unknown amount of Tenners were also released at the exhibition preview of Santa’s Ghetto, held at Lazarides Gallery.
In addition to its fascinating history as an unperformed public stunt, the Di-faced Tenner had the honor of being Banksy’s first piece of art to enter in the British Museum private collection earlier this year.
Unfortunately, because the Di-faced Tenner has been one of Banksy’s most popular and widely circulated images, the piece is often counterfeited. Methods of identifying counterfeits have been debated, and there have rarely been occasions where pieces could be proven as 100% real...until now! We’ve made sure that each tenner that we sourced comes with a hand-signed letter of provenance from Steve Lazarides himself, guaranteeing the authenticity of each piece. Each letter is individually hand-signed.
Each Di-Faced Tenner comes matted in a double sided framed with Japanese hinges so that both sides of the Tenner are visible. We’ve also added a matching holographic serial on both the rear of the frame and the letter of provenance for added security. Framing is done by ROOQ Fine Art Framing in NYC.
Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for delivery as each piece is hand framed and then will be shipped priority with signature tracking. International orders will go out via DHL.
Banksy Di-faced Tenners will be available on Friday (10/11) @ 12PM ET on our homepage, Bottleneckgallery.com!