Two artists supposedly held a sale of fake versions of Banksy’s prints in Central Park recently. As you may remember, just last week Banksy set up a stall in Central Park on October 13th and tried to sell his prints for $60 each, and only eight were purchased. So, the two took to the same location and sold out all 40 of their $60 fakes in a hour, despite customers knowing they were indeed fakes. One of the artist tells Animal NY:
“We wouldn’t have sold any, if not for the media hype around Banksy,” Cicirelli told Animal. “That was kind of the point—we wanted to complete his statement about the nature of hype and the value of art.”
Each of the prints came with a “Certificate of Inauthenticity” to make it clear that they weren’t by Banksy, but the buyers didn’t seem to care. Everything, including the price sign, was sold.