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Banksy Anonymously Sells Original Artwork in NYC For Only $60

In case you weren't already infatuated with every move Banksy makes, get ready to feel an extreme surge of sadness, jealously, and admiration. In case you didn't know, the sneaky British artist has been living in New York for the past month creating installations all over the city as part of his Better Out Than In exhibition — including a slaughterhouse delivery truck filled with stuffed animals, a concrete confessional in Manhattan, war horses wearing goggles, and a beaver stenciled on a Brooklyn wall. Over the weekend he decided to do something a little differently and sell some of his pieces in Central Park at incredibly low prices. The catch? No one knew about it.

On his site yesterday, Banksy announced that he had set a stall up in the park, selling 100 percent authentic, signed pieces of art priced at only $60 (usually his work sells for tens of thousands of dollars at auction). He posted a video that showed an old man, sitting idly for hours as people just walked past the booth (either uninterested or assuming they were knockoffs). It wasn't until 3:30 p.m. that the first sale occurred, bought by a woman who wanted some art for her kids. She only agreed to the sale after the price was negotiated down 50 percent (paying a staggeringly low price of $30 each). The second buyer was a woman from New Zealand and the third — and last — buyer was a man who purchased four canvases. He was decorating his new house and told the old man, "I just need something for the walls." At 6:00 p.m., the booth was packed up, having only earned a total of $420.

Mila Pantovich

An avid traveler, Mila Pantovich splits her time between San Diego, CA and Banff, AB Canada. She has been working with JustLuxe as a writer and editor since 2012 and has been featured in several publications, including Huffington Post. Additionally, she works in marketing for a prestigious securities law firm. Follow her travels on Instagram: @MilaPantovich ...(Read More)

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