Banksy: I Sold Original Artwork For $60 In NYC
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Banksy, the British graffiti artist causing a sensation in New York City, said he sold his artwork over the weekend for only $60 apiece.
Banksy wrote on his website that he had set up a stall in Central Park on Saturday with original signed works.
But the secretive artist warned on Sunday: “That stall will not be there again today.” The website features a photo and video of the pop-up stall with a sign that read: “Spray Art. $60.”
Watch The Video Below:
His works typically sell for thousands of dollars.
A number of people are seen buying the works and getting hugs from an elderly man working the stall. It was not clear who the man was, and Banksy refused to give his real name.
The day’s take for Banksy was a whopping $420, according to the YouTube video.
During the sale, among the buyers was a Chicago man who just needed some decorations for his new place, according to the video. The cashier gives him a hug as the buyer unknowingly prepares to leave with his impressive haul of four pieces.
The identity of the Chicagoan was not immediately known, CBS Chicago reported. As the story spread Monday, media outlets began trying to flush him out.
Jamieson Flynn of the Atlas Galleries in Chicago said has an idea of what Banksy may be saying by essentially hiding his valuable artwork in plain sight.
“It’s not up to the space to dictate what’s good and bad. It’s up to the art itself,” Flynn told Mike Parker of WBBM-TV, CBS 2 Chicago.
Banksy’s work has been turning up on the streets of New York City and all over social media in recent weeks. He posts photos of his latest works each day on both his website and Instagram.
His website also includes a toll-free number and an online “Click here to listen” button with commentary on each image that spoofs the pre-recorded cellphone tours commonly offered at museum exhibits.
The commentary mispronounces his name as Ban-sky and is read against a soundtrack of cheesy elevator music.
Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
- Rikers Captain, Officer Charged With Beating Inmate In Supply Closet
- Man Dies Days After Reported Attack In Lower East Side Subway Station
- Fallen Tree Injures 5 In Bryant Park
- Upper Grandview Residents Say New Plan For Tappan Zee Sound Wall Will Spoil Their Views
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)