In 2009 Pest Control ( http://www.pestcontroloffice.com/ ), was established by Banksy and is the handling service who act on his behalf, it was to be the only point of sale for new works.
POW ( www.picturesonwalls.com ) a gallery that released many Banksy prints is also available to help in the authentication process. The physical gallery once based Commercial Road in London’s East End has been closed for several years but they are still contactable and continue to sell prints by many artists via their website.
Pest Control’s sole purpose is to authenticate Banksy artworks and determine if he in fact was responsible for producing them. They state that the process does not make a profit and has been set up to help people to not become victims of fraud.
Pest Control and Banksy will not issue Certificates of Authenticity (COA) for works that are produced on the street, except on very rare occasions. COA’s are usually only issued for works that were produced for commercial purposes.
The issuing of certificates as it states on Pest Control’s website can often be lengthy and challenging as pieces are created in an advanced state of intoxication. There is a small charge for the COA and they come with a blind stamp and half of a Di-Faced Tenner stapled to them. By keeping the only other half to this hand torn Di Faced Tenner they eliminate further forgeries.
Banksy works purchased without A COA will not usually be considered by major auction houses for sale and until a COA has been issued it is strongly advised to carefully check the provenance of the work. Pest Control will often confirm the ownership of printed edition prior to the sale completing (via email only). Post sale you can then change the ownership name by emailing them your details.
Pest Control can be contacted by emailing:
Prints – COA’s can be applied for online here:
Originals – COA’s can be applied for online here:
COA’s via POW can be submitted here: