Banksy may be encouraging pedestrians to take a closer look at street vendors selling art. Yesterday, USA Today reported that three lucky tourists purchased paintings revealed to be created by the sensational graffiti artist for a mere $60 per canvas. The works are actually valued at over $40,000 each.
An elderly man assisted Banksy by manning the stall in Central Park, which contained about three dozen signed paintings. The booth, inauspiciously labeled “Spray Art” sold a total of eight paintings to three customers and made a total of $420 while open on Saturday.
The first customer, who arrived about four hours after the booth opened, bought two paintings after haggling the price down to $30 each. The next sale was two paintings at the posted price to a woman from New Zealand. A man from Chicago then bought 4 paintings “for the walls.” All eight paintings sold have a combined worth of over $200,000.