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'Fake Banksy' sells better than real Banksy

2013-10-22 22:00
Fake Banksy
New York - It seems you can sell anything to anyone.

After Banksy set up a stall in New York selling his artwork for $60, without telling anyone and not selling much, to show that people pay for the name and not the actual art, a group of artists decided to further his social commentary and set up shop in the same place that Banksy had his stall, selling fake versions of the graffiti artist's work.

They put all the details on the Fakebook website, documenting the day in the same vein that Banksy did his experiment.

It sold out in an hour.

The worst part? They were completely honest about the work being fake. There was even a sign that said 'Fake Banksy' and each piece came with a 'Certificate of Inauthenticity'.

The group consisted of Dave Cicirelli, author of Fakebook, Lance Armstrong, an event promoted, Georger Gross, a filmmaker and Michael Pilgrim, who is only described as "the man".

On the website, Cicirelli explains that they "saw an opportunity for a little mischief, and a chance to make a statement about the nature of hype, public personas, and the value of art".

Watch the documented video of the Fake Banksy sell-out:

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