Fake Banksys Sell Much Better Than the Real Deal

Stand told customers they weren't the genuine article

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 21, 2013 2:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – When the real Banksy set up a humble Central Park stand, selling canvases for $60 each instead of the tens of thousands they were worth, he sold just three paintings. A week later, the not-at-all-genuine article fared much better. Artist, author, and prankster Ken Circelli set up a stand at the exact same spot, selling knock-off Banksys for the exact same price, the New York Post reports. "Fake Banksy" the sign on the stand clearly read, and each piece came with a "Certificate of Inauthenticity." Circelli says he sold all 40 pieces in an hour, "including the price sign."

This screenshot from the video shows some of the fake works that were offered.
This screenshot from the video shows some of the fake works that were offered.   (YouTube)
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Fake Banksy succeeds where real Banksy failed. (Depending on your definition of success.)   (YouTube)

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