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Did Banksy sell for $60 on the New York subway?

Still can’t believe it. According to the site stunnedOn TikTok, a young woman said she bought two paintings that British street artist Banksy could have made for just $120, or about €107. According to her account, she allegedly met a masked man on the subway in New York, United States, when she came home from work on November 16. Then the stranger sold the stencils laid on the floor without a frame or protection. “There was no one there, the business was put there,” the young woman asks.

After some thought, she returns home to collect some cash before heading back to the respective subway station to purchase stencils from the mysterious masked man. The latter confirms that the paintings are already on sale before giving him two paintings at $60 (about 53 euros) each. However, the young woman cannot determine whether her purchases were actually made via Banksy. “Maybe I fell into a very elaborate tourist trap, or maybe I made the best decision of my life,” she joked in the caption of her TikTok video.

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For now, the mystery remains unsolved, but some evidence could indicate that the works do indeed belong to the street artist. In fact, after paying for the plates, the seller asked her to take a picture of the plate’s serial number as well as a photo of her holding it in her hand, and photos that Banksy, a pest control site, requested for people who would like to authenticate their business.

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In addition, some time after the video was posted on the social network, the TikTok account that was impersonated as the artist’s account left a mysterious “No Comment”. It wouldn’t be the first time a British street artist has put his paintings up for sale on the street for ridiculous amounts, compared to the prices offered for his work in normal times. In 2013, as indicated franceinfo, the unknown artist had already set up a stand in Central Park, still in New York, to sell the originals for $60 apiece.

The stencils were actually estimated at around 23,000 euros each. A godsend for fans of the person whose identity has always been kept secret, while in mid-November two paintings sold for 14.5 and 2.19 million dollars at auction. The record for the painting remains by the artist “La Fille au Ballon”, whose partial self-destruction in 2018 caused a sensation. This iconic work of Banksy brought in €21.8 million last October, an absolute record for an artist.