A man took what he believed to be a piece of Banksy’s artwork onto the TV programme Antiques Roadshow to have it valued, but was shocked at the valuation given by the expert.
The man, who did not identify himself, said that he had removed the stencil in 2004 from a wall in Brighton, believing it to be a genuine Banksy stencil.
The Antiques Roadshow expert Rupert Maas explained that people who think they own Banksy art have to apply to the website ‘pestcontroloffice.com’ for a certificate of authentication to prove that it is genuine. The owner of the artwork said that he had applied for a certificate, but it had been denied.
If it had been a genuine Banksy piece, Maas said that it would have been valued at £20,000, but without a certificate of authentication, the art was worthless.
To know that a valuable artwork or antique is genuine, it helps to have a certificate of authentication. Buyers should be careful that the certificate is genuine – a certificate for art should be hand-signed by the artist or an expert, with antique certificates needing an expert’s signature.
For antiques that are associated with famous figures and for valuable art, a certificate of authenticity increases their worth. For lesser value pieces from Lancashire antique dealers, such as antique chairs, sofas and cabinets, a certificate of authenticity is not required. Most people purchase these items for their looks and the quality of their construction.
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