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Paranoid Pictures, 2004


Paranoid Pictures, 2004
Edition: 25
Acrylic and spray-paint on canvas
30×30 cm (12×12 inches)
Stenciled “BANKSY” in red spray paint on the turnover edge
Further signed and numbered /25 on the stretcher

Paranoid Pictures is a stencil on canvas work which illustrates the logo chosen by Banksy for a fictional production company for Exit Through The Gift Shop, an Oscar-nominated biographical documentary starring Thierry Guetta, also known as Mr. Brainwash. It is an obvious appropriation of the well-known logo of Paramount Pictures.

It was initially released in 2004 for the price of GBP 325.
Paramount Pictures is the fifth oldest film studio in the world, the second oldest film studio in the United States (behind Universal Pictures), and the only member of the “Big Five” film studios still located in the city of Los Angeles.

Auction Results

Paranoid Pictures
sold 5 times at auction since 2007.
It first sold at Sotheby’s Olympia on 18 June 2007 for GBP 36,000 (USD 71,356).
Paranoid Pictures (an AP version) last sold at Sotheby’s London on 8 October 2016 for GBP 112,500 (USD 139,890).

Paranoid Pictures, 2004
Acrylic and spray-paint on canvas
30x30cm (11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches)
Signed, titled, dated 06.05.05 and numbered 19/25
Sotheby’s London / 13 February 2014
GBP 74,500 / USD 123,960