In 2004, Banksy (along with up-and-coming street artist D*Face) created his own Di-Faced Tenner. A riff on a “defaced” tenner bill, Banksy’s Di-Faced Tenner replaces an image of Queen Elizabeth II with that of the late Lady Diana, issued by the 'Banksy of England.' Featuring Charles Darwin on the reverse, the bill also proclaims 'Trust no one.'
Banksy has rained the bills down on crowds of people at the Notting Hill and Reading Festivals, and “spilled” a briefcase full of the bills at the Liverpool tube station in London at rush hour. The British Museum acquired a Di-Faced Tenner bill in 2019, where it joined the coins and metals collection and represented the first Banksy acquisition for the museum.
The Di-Faced Tenner has also been used by Banksy's certification body Pest Control Office Limited as part of the Certificates of Authenticity they issue for the artist's work since they were formed in 2010.
Year first published: 2004
Technique: Offset lithograph on paper
Classification: Edition of 100,000
Dimensions: 7.6cm (h) x 14.7cm (w)
Condition: Mint, as issued – stored flat since purchase
Provenance: Comes with original purchase confirmation from Lazarides.
Framing: Sold unframed