This example, ‘Early Man Goes To Market’ appeared in The British Museum in 2005 and was completely overlooked until Banksy pointed it out on his website. All credit to the Museum staff for recognising man’s need for making marks and it being seen by the largest possible audience. It is now in their permanent collection.
I’m sure this drew a wry smile from the artist himself.
I wonder if the recent reversal of fortunes of Banksy’s work from Art Republic did the same. Probably did. Two Banksy prints were stolen by a man and woman from the shop in central London. And this is not the first time this has happened with Art Republic. Apparently, 10 prints were stolen from the same company, only in Brighton. Tut, tut, Art Republic – very clumsy.
The two pieces taken were limited edition framed prints worth £16000. One is called “Happy Choppers,”
and the other “Nola (Grey Rain)”.
And so it goes on.
Here is another ludicrous incantation ….
- Banksy poster ‘removed after halo added’ – People spending time on the London Bridge Tube may have noticed a Banksy poster of a child kneeling in prayer – without a halo, advertising his film, Exit Through The Gift Shop. The image – originally with a yellow halo and called ‘Forgive Us Our Trespassing’
– has been used as a free poster for organisations like ‘Don’t Panic’. However, the artwork was reworked and the halo removed for this recent Underground project. It has now been taken down after it was recently “defaced” (probably by the artist himself) with the a beautifully painted, dripping yellow halo.