Gotcha, Banksy!

Talysia

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I'm not surprised that the media have tried to uncover his identity, though I can understand why he'd want his identity revealed. His art certainly is eye-catching, though.
 

Allegra

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Indeed! And, a life-size replica of a Guantanamo Bay detainee at Disneyland; a yellow faced Monalisa in Louvre Museum? Fancy the guy never got caught! :D
 

Sephiroth

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I don't wanna know who he is. I'd be really sad if his identity was revealed. It's not relevant.




It may sound melodramatic, but in this day and age, we need people like Banksy.
 

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If you're ever out drinking around in Bristol you're bound to see some Banksy art around. Livens the city up a bit ;-)
 

Harpo

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Probably the publicity will mean it sells for even more next time. The actual balloon image being one of his standards, it's more about the incident now, and the shredder-frame. Don't be surprised if it gets sold again in the next couple of years for more than two million
 

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I've been convinced by arguments that the auction house were in on it (it was hung on the wall rather than mounted on a stand; it was sold last so as not to disrupt the other lots; they always examine such valuable lots out of the frame) and the fact that it stopped shredding halfway through, leaving the picture essentially intact, suggests it was meant as a performance stunt and to be part of the work, to "enhance" it rather than destroy it.
 

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I've been convinced by arguments that the auction house were in on it (it was hung on the wall rather than mounted on a stand; it was sold last so as not to disrupt the other lots; they always examine such valuable lots out of the frame) and the fact that it stopped shredding halfway through, leaving the picture essentially intact, suggests it was meant as a performance stunt and to be part of the work, to "enhance" it rather than destroy it.
I agree. That's the only scenario that makes much sense.
 
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