A Banksy Imitator in New York is Making Pretty Decent Money
Remember when Banksy pretended that his art was that of just another New York street vendor, and he barely got any money for sales of his stencils? Well now just another New York street vendor is pretending to be Banksy and is getting a lot of money for sales of his knockoffs.
You may recall how the famous artist set up camp near Central Park and managed to sell only a few of his authentic stencils over a period of seven hours, grossing a profit of just $420. When the big reveal came around, the makeshift art stand’s sales were said to potentially reach $500,000 in value, causing passersby to naturally groan at their missed opportunity.
So why not give New Yorkers a second chance at hitting the jackpot? That’s the question Dave Cicirelli, Lance Pilgrim and Michael Pilgrim asked when they set up an imitation art stand at the same spot near Central Park in the hopes of attracting pedestrians looking for their second chance. The result: the imitators sold all 40 of their imitation paintings in one hour, raking in $2,400.
What is most astonishing is the fact that the three gentlemen never even deceived their customers by hinting that these might be Banksy works. The paintings were explicitly advertised as “Fake Banksy” and each sale included its own “Certificate of Inauthenticity,” yet the public ate it up anyway. A few customers even requested to have their pictures taken with the artwork. It might not be his authentic work, but Banksy is partly responsible for 40 happy customers. You can check out the bizarre social experiment via the YouTube link above.
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