You Told That Joke Twice Clown

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The piece You Told That Joke Twice Clown was part of Banksys first indoor show in Severnshed, Bristol. This artwork, along with 25 others, was displayed in a pleasant restaurant along the river in 2000. This acrylic, enamel and oilstick on canvas changed hands again during the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction in February 2010. It sold for 169,250, which was about $266,061 then. This amount includes the hammer price and buyers premium.

Several faceless law officers are featured in this work, each of them holding a limb of the clown they arrested during one of their witch hunts. The drab colors used for the police contrasts and accentuates the bright colors of the typical Pagliacci clown they are carrying between them. The scene implies that force was unnecessarily applied on the peace-seeking, fun-loving clown. The message is simple and direct. Many police actions today against clown-like civil disobedience are overdone, the violence enacted against them outstripping the childish prank they committed

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