right 1st off i have no real idea about print details and and this stuff,
Monkey Parliament is on ebay for for £175 but others are 2 or 3k, plus there is some one on here selling his ''Flag'' print and that is £550 or there abouts, are these cheaper because there un signed???
just wondering because some are silly money and dont get the way the pricing works.
Monkey Parliament is an unsigned poster from the Banksy Vs. Bristol Museum - Flags is an edition of 1000 unsigned on Chromalux (which is easily creased) - then you get into the signed prints which range depending on edition, age, rarity - and after all of that, you get the A/P's which are scarce and most of the time variants from the original signed editions as well as much lower edition numbers.
(I am in no way presenting myself as any kind of expert, nor is this the definitive answer, but here goes...)
First off Monkey Parliament is a poster, I believe all of the expensive Banksys are prints. Posters are thinner paper, basically like a very nice photocopy, usually unsigned, usually in larger numbers or unlimited release. Prints are hand-made, with layers of color, some hand-finished, some silk-screened, paint, pen, etc...
As to signed vs. unsigned and edition size, basically it's supply and demand. An old unsigned print can fetch more than a newer signed one if the edition is smaller. Rarity is a big part of the market value.
And signed adds a big premium on top of rarity. I don't believe Banksy does unsigned prints any more, but many of the older ones are available in either version. With that in mind, a signed Trolleys can be worth a good bit more than an unsigned one, considering rarity plus signed. The image would still be the same, of course.
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