The mysterious artist has expressed outrage after parts of his famous mural were marketed without permission
Legendary British graffiti artist Banksy has scolded Ukrainians for selling pieces of at least one of seven murals he created near kyiv. He revealed the new paints earlier this week.
“Ukrainian vandals started selling pieces of my artwork without my permission on eBay,” the anonymous Bristol street artist said in an Instagram post on Saturday. “I gave you the art, and this is how you give it back to me.”
The post included an apparent screenshot of an eBay listing offering fragments of a Banksy mural in the rubble of Borodyanka, northwest of kyiv, for $50 each. The ad notes that the price is negotiable and suggests buyers can “transfer money and tell me which coin you want to refund $200.”
The mural shows a gymnast seemingly doing a handstand on a piece of rubble outside a bombed-out building. Banksy confirmed he created the mural, along with six others, in a video he posted on Instagram on Thursday. The post attracted more than 1.2 million likes. A photo of the gymnast mural has received 2.2 million likes and over 22,000 comments.
“I gave you art and that’s how you thanked me?” Banksy was outraged by the news of the illegal sale of his graffiti honoring Ukraine, by Ukrainians. He wrote: “Ukrainian vandals have started selling pieces of my graffiti without my permission on eBay.” Welcome to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/GlflQRaqPm
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Banksy has been practicing graffiti art for decades and became known for his satirical black and white portraits showing people interacting with the scenes around them. For example, one of his murals shows a masked man throwing a bouquet of flowers at the fence separating Israel from the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Banksy loses legal battle and puts his European brand at risk – all because of his anonymity
The secret artist has long bristled at unauthorized appropriations of his images, but he has lost copyright battles for his refusal to reveal his identity. Just this week, he encouraged his 11.7 million Instagram followers to take revenge on fashion retailer Guess for its use of the flower-throwing man.
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