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Have A Nice Day, 2003



Have A Nice Day, 2003
Edition: 500 (50 signed)
Have a Nice Day depicts riot policemen in a single, intimidating line, grouped around a grey and black tank, underneath which the words “Have a nice day” are written. The men are wearing black riot gear, marching in unison towards the viewer of the piece or some unknown threat. However, the policemen faces are replaced with bright yellow smiley faces (a motif Banksy used often to portray figures who use fear as a means of control). The print speaks both to the idea that the police force are not always what they seem to be (perhaps hiding behind their smiles).
Two different versions were produced, with different fonts used in the text. A special edition of 67 signed prints was also released as the Anarchist Book Fair Edition. It differs in several aspects from the main edition, namely in the font of the text and slight differences in the composition of the image.


Have A Nice Day

Year: 2003
Medium: Screen-print in black on wove paper
Size: 35×100 cm (13 5/8 x 39 inches)
Publisher: Pictures on Walls


Total Edition: 500
50 signed, 450 unsigned
Artist’s Proofs: 31 signed AP
Anarchist Book Fair Edition: 67 signed


Updated as of 31 December 2021

2021 Auction Statistics

Have A Nice Day (unsigned)
Highest Price: GBP 56,940 / USD 80,285
Last Price: GBP 32,657 / USD 44,100
Have A Nice Day (signed)
Highest Price: GBP 67,000 / USD 93,130

Have A Nice Day (unsigned), 2003
Numbered 186/500 in pencil, lower right
Sotheby’s New-York, 22 October 2021
GBP 32,667 / USD 44,100

2020 Auction Statistics

Have a Nice Day (unsigned)
sold 5 times at auction in 2020. It last sold at Tate Ward Auction on 9 December 2020, for GBP 37,500 (USD 50,250); and at Forum Auctions on 7 December 2020 for GBP 46,900 (USD 62,846).

Have a Nice Day (AP) last sold at Bonhams London, on 15 December 2020, for a record GBP 100,250 (USD 134,000). Have a Nice Day (Anarchist Book Fair Edition) last sold at Forum Auctions on 4 September 2020, for GBP 53,600 (USD 70,750).