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Is Your Graffiti Real? Banksy’s Authenticity Committee

Is Your Graffiti Real? Banksy’s Authenticity Committee
culture
Dan Gould
  • 9 july 2008

There’s not a whole lot of details about Banksy’s new quality control group, but he’s always been known for secrecy. As a reaction to his public work being ripped out and sold at auction, the artist has gathered a committee dubbed “Pest Control”. All Banksy works are not considered genuine until they have the official Pest Control stamp of approval and authenticity.

GQ reports:

An “art world source” told the First Post: “The works are made for specific sites, and taking them is tantamount to theft. That is why Banksy has approved this authentication system. He certainly doesn’t want the people who’ve removed them making money out of it.” Three unauthenticated works supposedly by Banksy that went under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions in London last week ended up unsold, with one withdrawn before the bidding had even started.

[via GQ]

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