Original canvasses signed by Banksy have been sold from a stall in New York City's Central Park, The Guardian reported on Sunday.
The paintings, estimated to be worth thousands of dollars, were sold for $60 each. Banksy is currently in New York City for a month, and he has promised to produce a new piece of street art every day. The month-long public art show is entitled "Better Out Than In" and has its own website where photos and videos of the new artwork have been posted. The most recent video was accompanied with the words, "Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Bansky canvases. For $60 each."
In a recent email interview with the Village Voice, Banksy, who's identity has remained a secret for years, explained his reasoning behind a month-long public art show.
I know street art can feel increasingly like the marketing wing of an art career, so I wanted to make some art without the price tag attached. There is no gallery show or book or film. It's pointless. Which hopefully means something."
Each day in October will see a new piece of artwork from Banksy, including graffiti, video installations, performance art, and large scale street sculptures. New Yorkers have already been treated to "The Sirens of the Lambs," a slaughterhouse delivery truck filled with stuffed animal toys which toured through the meatpacking district, and an art installation providing a commentary on war in Manhattan's Lower East Side.