Original signed canvasses by British street artist Banksy have been sold from a stall in New York’s Central Park for $60 (£38) each. The elusive artist posted a video on his website showing a man selling what appeared to be fake Banksys. Many of the pieces, estimated to be worth up to £20,000 each, remained unsold at the end of the day.
Banksy is in New York for a month-long residency during which he has promised a new piece of street art every day. Entitled Better Out Than In, the public art show has its own website on to which pictures and videos of the art works have been posted. The latest video was 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 unknown older man making his first sale mid-afternoon, to a woman who buys two small canvasses for her children after negotiating a 50% discount.
Another woman from New Zealand is seen buying two of the paintings, before a man from Chicago buys four. He tells the stall holder he has recently moved house and needs something for the walls. The day’s takings came to a grand total of $420 (£263). Underneath the video Banksy added: “Please note: This was a one off. The stall will not be there again today.” Edited from Banksy stall sells art works for $60 in New York.