. Not laughing now: Banksy loses second trademark case over famous monkey image « JO LEE MAGAZINE

THE ART NEWS PAPER – he British street artist Banksy has lost a second trademark battle, this time over his famous monkey image. The ruling, published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) yesterday, follows a decision in September to strip Banksy of the trademark of his Flower Thrower work. Originally commissioned by a nightclub in Brighton in 2002, Banksy first depicted his monkey with a sandwich board hung around its neck which read: “Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge”. Since then, the image has formed the basis for countless works of art, including one version which sold at Christie’s New York on 11 May for $2.1m.

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