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Quote of the Day - People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly. - Banksy
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Anonymous Artist Refuses To Authenticate Works; Auction Fails

Does His Hairdresser Know For Sure?

Britain is apparently home to a cult graffiti artist, Banksy, who prefers to remain anonymous.  Although few actually know him, his art fetches quite a price.  According to Reuters, auction house Lyon & Turnbull planned to sell five of his artworks (actually removed intact with the walls where he spray painted or stenciled the artwork).  According to the article, "a painting attributed to Banksy on a wall in London [ ] fetched 208,100 pounds ($383,000) in an online sale. The cost of removing the wall and replacing it was not included."

No one showed up, however, at the planned sale and none of the pieces sold after Banksy's verification arm (not literally), a website called Pest Control, refused to authenticate the pieces as his.  Banksy, apparently, does not want his artwork removed from its original site.  Lyon & Turnbull had verification from a site called Vermin, but the attempted sale netting nothing given the controversy.

Banksy, meanwhile, has a website and a shop where you can download his art for free

Unless, of course, you're Christina Aguilera who bought three Banksy prints for £25,000.  Otherwise, a set of Kate Moss paintings sold at Sotheby's auction and set a record for Banksy's work - some £50,000. 

Spend some time visiting Banksy's site and think about his art and messages.  It's worth the effort.  Meanwhile, ponder this question:  how does an anonymous artist authenticate his works or otherwise prevent them from bring authenticated?

I'm waiting to see him paint/draw/stencil a fallen tree and listen for the sound.  I bet we'll all hear something.

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