Fake Banksy

27 October 2013Arts

Rich McCormick, writing for The Verge:

Earlier this month, street artist Banksy held an impromptu sale of his stencils on canvas in a New York street. He only managed to sell eight works to three customers across a full day of trading. Yesterday, a fake Banksy held an impromptu sale on a New York street. He sold all 40 of his works in one hour.

The sale was created by artists Dave Cicirelli and Lance Pilgrim. They copied Banksy’s own sale from a week earlier, setting up a stall in the same location, with the same signage, selling copies of Banksy’s works for the same price — $60 — as the original artist. The only difference: the stall was clearly marked as a fake. Salesman Michael Pilgrim posed for pictures with buyers holding a sign clearly marked “Fake Banksy,” and all purchases came with a Certificate of Inauthenticity.

A great postscript to the real Banksy’s comment on the value of art from a week ago.