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Finding Banksy: A Guide to Locating Banksy's Street Art

Some people may scoff at the idea that Banksy's name should be as high up there as Vincent Van Gogh or Damien Hirst. But there's no denying it: Banksy is one of the most famous artists living on the planet today....and we don't even know who he really is.

As a matter of fact, not much is known about the mysterious street artist, as his identity has been kept under wraps since the early 1990s. It is thought that Banksy keeps his identity a secret to avoid prosecution for painting his murals on public buildings—an issue street artists are all too familiar with. And to make things more difficult, government officials in many cities ask workers to remove any street art or graffiti as soon as they appear on a building; though in recent years, some cities like Bristol and London tell workers not to remove original Banksy pieces, given their worth.

Banksy's pieces can sell for up to the millions, and have reached record-breaking sales in art actions like Bonham's and Sotheby's. But when it comes to his street art, his pieces are essentially priceless, as the originals cannot be framed or hung up on a wall. Because of this, avid-Banksy collectors consider finding his street art serious business; but finding an authentic Banksy piece in a city can be like finding a needle in a haystack (or more like a realistic-version of Where's Waldo?)

If you're hoping to snap a photo of an original Banksy street art piece, or even just see one with your very own eyes during your next holiday, here are some tips on how to find original Banksy street art during your travels:

 

Joe Wareham

Joe is a writer at Strawberry Tours. ...(Read More)

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