Banksy, the world famous graffiti artist who works in anonymity, baffled the general public on Wednesday after announcing that dozens of authentic pieces were on sale in New York City for only sixty dollars.
“Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100 per cent authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each,” he wrote. “Please note: This was a one off. The stall will not be there again today.”
The cart, now valued at over a million dollars, was operated by an anonymous old man who struggled for hours to make a sale. By the end of the experiment, only three people had purchased pieces. One of those customers even haggled with the him before buying a canvas at a discounted price.
His first customer was a woman who bought two small canvases for her children – but only after haggling him down to a half-price discount.
So, why did Banksy do this? It seems like he is so disconnected or disgusted by mainstream culture that he is attempting to point out its flaws. But at the same time, it is those flaws that have made him successful. In reality, nobody understands art. People buy it for the name that signs the piece. I could spill paint on a canvas and it would be worth garbage, but Banksy could do the same thing and it would leave thousands of people awestruck. It’s confusing. I think I’ll just stick to football.
Look at all those suckers ignoring the cart. They are walking away from millions!
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