The enigma that is Banksy has struck again.
On Sunday, as part of his month-long “residency” in New York, the world-famous street artist set up a booth outside Central Park, where an elderly man sold original pieces for $60 a pop. In the past, British-born Banksy’s work has fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. Trouble is, most people didn’t believe what was right in front of them.
This isn’t the first time Banksy has flaunted his anonymity – and his creativity – right in front of our eyes. Here are a few other instances when he got the better of us all:
- When he incorporated live animals — an 8,000-pound elephant and 164 rats — into exhibitions in London and Los Angeles.
- When he took over the title sequence on “The Simpsons” and simultaneously made a statement about child labor.
- When he appeared in Time as one of the World’s Most Influential People, posing with a bag over his head.
- When he turned the camera on his own medium with “Exit Through the Gift Shop” and wound up with an Academy Award nomination.