Selling Banksy’s Art

Since October 1st, elusive street artist Banksy has been leaving his mark in New York during a month-long residency called “Better Out Than In“. This weekend, as part of his live exhibition, Banksy set up a stall in Central Park where an unknown man sold “100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases” to the general public for $60 each. The stall contained about 25 spray art canvasses – eight paintings were sold (two were bargained down to $30 each).

Banksy NYC StallPhoto courtesy of Banksy.

For comparison, in 2007 Banksy’s work “Space Girl & Bird” was purchased for $576,000, and in 2008 his canvas “Keep it Spotless” was sold for $1,870,000. The BBC estimates the pieces sold yesterday could be worth as much as $31,000 each. Accompanying video can be seen on BanksyNY youtube account.

The Revolution Will Be Televised

Banksy storyboarded and directed a new opening sequence for the Simpsons on Sunday night. In classic Bansky fashion, he paints a dark, and creepy vision of the world with a behind the scenes look at the process of animation, marketing, and promotion by the behemoth 20th Century Fox.

Wooster Collective notes that this is probably “one of the most closely guarded secrets in TV history”. And the New York Times has an interview with Al Jean, an executive producer of the Simpsons, discussing how they tracked down Banksy and how Fox executive’s reacted to the opening.

Banksy has done other “Simpsons” street art including this one in New Orleans.

Banksy - Simpsons Must Not CopyPhoto by BerDerp

And taking it even one step further: London art collective, JBOY have created this hilarious “Simpsons” based parody of Banksy’s “Haring Dog”.

JBOY Banksy ParodyPhoto by JBOY

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