New print release for Ukrainian charity. 9 December 2022

In his own words:

“I’ve made 50 of these screenprints with all proceeds going to our friends in Ukraine. Visit”

It’s a signed and hand-finished print in an edition of 50. The price is GBP 5000 plus taxes – the market value is of course much higher. One can sign up here to participate in the lottery: All proceeds go to Legacy of War Foundation, an ONG helping the Ukrainians with medical supplies and other peaceful equipment.

In Ukraine I saw a Legacy of War team sweep in and provide medical attention, heaters, fresh water and a friendly face to some very desperate people in a bombed out building. They also lent me one of their ambulances to work from, which turned out to be extremely useful when an angry babushka found me painting on her building and called the Police. I feel the least I should do is raise enough money to replace the number plates on the ambulance I hotted up..” — Banksy

Feeding frenzy in the Banksy market. September 2020.

The market for Banksy’s prints and multiples has been very dynamic the last decade, with prices increasing 25 % per year on average. Not this year. According to the website, prices for Banky’s prints have gone up 104 % since the beginning of 2020. The estimate is based on real results on the auctions in London and elsewhere. In 2020, well over 250 prints have been bought and sold between collectors at the big auction houses. Of special interest are the upcoming auctions at Christie’s “I can’t believe you morons actually buy this sh*t”, and Sotheby’s “Banksy”, with several iconic prints up for sale, such as Girl with Balloon, Christ with Shopping Bags, and Love is in the Air.

Another interesting example is the print Banksquiat, from a signed edition of 300, released at the Gross Domestic Product exhibition in October 2019. It was Banky’s first regular print release since 2010. One of the Banksquiat prints was put up for sale by a collector at Tate Ward Auctions in London in August and it sold for GBP 118,750 including Buyers Premium.

Banksy’s Banksquiat print, sold at Tate Ward in August for GBP 118,750

How can a print by Banksy sell for GBP 100,000 when a print by Picasso goes for GBP 2,000? Possible explanations:

First, the prints have been an essential part of Banksy’s “oeuvre”. The prints are more than reproductions of a motive – they are handprinted pieces of art in their own right. The idea behind making prints is to provide affordable artwork for a broader public. The irony is that the same print Banksy sold for 50 GBP at the initial release back in the early 2000s, is now being sold for more than 50,000 GBP on the secondary market.

The trust factor: The Picasso foundation doesn’t certify Picasso’s prints, they only care about the unique pieces. Banksy’s handling service, Pest Control Office, has created an almost fake-proof certification system for the prints, which has led to a high level of trust in the secondary market.

It’s also a question of limited supply and increasing demand. Picasso was enormously prolific and produced thousands and thousands of prints in different techniques and in large editions. Banksy has only printed 50 motives. If we count the different colourways for some of these motives such as the Soup Cans, the total is somewhere around 130 different motives, all printed in small editions. The total supply of certified Banksy prints is relatively small if we compare to other established artists – if we sum all of the editions made from the 130 different motives we will arrive at aprox 10.000 signed prints and aprox 20.000 unsigned prints, which are also authentic if they have a Certificate of Authenticity.

The increasing demand comes from the fact that Banksy is perceived as the most influential artists of our times. His printed motives are among the most iconic images around and therefore highly coveted by a growing base of collectors. Also, you not only get a screen print for your money, you get a part of an artistic narrative, unprecedented in the art-world.

There is especially one factor influencing both demand and supply: Longterm collectors have finally understood that they can buy a Banksy. According to initiated sources, almost all important art foundations are now trying to get hold of as many Banksy’s as possible. When long term collectors buy on the secondary market, they not only increase the demand, the pieces will “disappear” from the market, thus limiting supply further.

Banksy launches “Bbay – The approved used Banksy dealership”. 16 October 2019

Banksy’s handling service Pest Control Office has created one of the most efficient certification systems in the art world. For some time, they have also been active in the second-hand market as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of Banksy’s certified prints and unique studio work. (This has nothing to do with street-art pieces.)

Now it seems like they are taking it to a whole new level with the announced launch of It is an interesting development for the booming secondary market in Banksy artwork, and will hopefully set a new standard for transparency in the art market.

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New print release canceled. 6 June 2017.

Due to legal issues, Banksy announced this morning on that he cancels the promotion of a free print for voting against the Tories

On 3 June Banksy had announced a new print release, a version of the iconic “Girl with Balloon”, only available to registered voters in the Bristol area who vote against the Conservative party. It would have been Banksy’s first regular print release since  “Choose your weapon” in 2010.



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Banksy Prints. 2002 – 2010

The prints have been an essential part of Banksy’s “oeuvre”.  The first regular print release was “Rude Copper” in 2002. Since then, a  total of 49 motives have been used for making prints. Some of the motives have been printed in different color combinations. If we include all of them, the total count is approximately 125 different motives. The editions are relatively small, ranging from 10 up to 1000, where 300 would be the most common edition. 

There is a waterproof authentication system imposed by Pest Control Office, thus, the confidence among collectors seems to be rock solid. The limited supply and the authentication system have created a dynamic market where some of the most coveted prints are sold for well over 50,000 GBP on the secondary market – i.e., pieces bought and sold between collectors at auctions or at dealers/galleries. The same print might have been sold by Banksy for 100 GBP at the initial release, back in the early 2000s.

The following is a simplified retrospective of Banksy prints. It only reflects the motive and the year it was released. It doesn’t count the different color versions and other slight differences between the above-mentioned releases. But, it does give a feel of how Banksy evolved artistically during the 2000s.

Banksy print release 2002

2002 - Rude Copper

Banksy print releases 2003


Banksy print releases 2004


Banksy print releases 2005


Banksy print releases 2006


Banksy print releases 2007


Banksy print releases 2008


Banksy print releases 2009


Banksy print release 2010

2010 - Choose your weapon

The Warhol-inspired “Tesco Soup Can” come in 28 different color combinations, the Keith Haring tribute “Choose Your Weapon” come in 17 different colors. “Toxic Mary”, “Kate Moss” and “Nola” are some other prints with different color versions. Several other motives have been released in slightly different versions. Examples are the prints released at the Barely Legal exhibition in 2006. These earlier versions of Morons, Applause, Trolleys, and Grannies go under the name “LA Editions”.  The year after, there were releases in London of the same prints but with some variations.

The last regular print released by Pest Control Office was the Keith Haring-inspired “Choose Your Weapon” in 2010. Since then there have been two print releases, but in limited editions, “Love Hurts” in 2012 and “Dumbo” in 2014.