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Chicago man unwittingly buys $127,752 worth of authentic Banksy works from street vendor

By Scott Kaufman
Monday, October 14, 2013 9:22 EDT
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England’s notoriously anonymous street-artist “Banksy” continued his October invasion of New York City this Sunday by installing a “pop-up” stall in Central Park.

The stall was selling “100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases for $60 each.” A total of eight were sold, netting the vendor $420. By comparison, in 2008 Sotheby’s sold his original “Keep it Spotless (Defaced Hirst)” for $1,870,000 and “Simple Intelligence Testing” for $1,265,120.

In a video posted on the artist’s website, an old street vendor is seen sitting in a chair observing people inspect his stall, which is full of what appear to be low-quality Banksy knock-offs. He doesn’t make his first sale until 3:30 p.m., when a woman buys two paintings for her children — after “negotiating a 50% discount.”

At 5:30, a man from Chicago decorating his new house says “I just need something for the walls” and buys four canvases. The vender then vigorously hugs the man, who has unknowingly purchased $127,752 worth of canvases for $240.

Banksy’s website declares that “[t]his was a one off. The stall will not be there again today.”

Most New Yorkers have embraced Banksy’s invasion of their city, with the exception of native street artists like “Math,” who feel the Englishman is encroaching on their territory.

Watch the video from Banksy’s website below.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
 
 
 
 
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