Banksy Offers Art Worth £200k On New York Market Stall
Banksy set up a market stall in New York, near Central Park, on Sunday as part of his residency in the city. The stand which was titled 'Spray Art For Sale $60' was piled high with some of his best known images. They were all priced at $60 each (£40). Just eight of the canvasses, estimated to be worth between £20,000- £80,000 each, were sold to passers by.
On the Banksy website you can see a video accompanied with the words, "Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic ,original signed Banksy canvases, for $60 each." The video shows an unnamed older man probably an actor, making his first sale, to a woman who bought two small canvasses for her children. She negotiated a whopping 50% discount. Another woman from New Zealand is seen purchasing two other canvases, before a man from Chicago buys four. He tells the stall holder he has recently moved house and needs something for the walls. The final day's takings came to a grand total of $420 (£263).
Banksy said; "I know street art can feel increasingly like the marketing wing of an art career, so I wanted to make some art without the price tag attached," he said. "There is no gallery show or book or film. It's pointless. Which hopefully means something.";He told the Village Voice.
Each day in the month of October, Banksy has promised to create a new piece of art, some are large scale wall paintings some sculpture, video installation or performance art" like the market stall.
see video here
On Monday 14 October banksy released a painted work.
"Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from 'Gladiator') but you know what? "I'm just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker" as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor".
And on Tuesday 15 October Banksy released a rendition of the Twin Towers with an orange Chrysanthemum depicting the impact area of the first plane crash that brought down the buildings in 2001.