As soon as Girl with a balloon was shredded, the piece became the infamous Love is in the bin
At 18.00 today Banksy’s infamous shredded ‘Girl with a balloon’ goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house, complete with its new title ‘Love is in the bin’ and an estimate of £4,000,000 – £6,000,000.
Originally the infamousness (we weren’t sure if that was an actual word, but apparently it is) was all based around the discussion of whether the 2018 ‘stunt’ was a real Banksy prank or something that Sotheby’s were aware was going to happen.
On the 5th October 2018 Banksy’s Balloon Girl captured the world’s attention. As the hammer went down at auction house Sotheby’s on the £860,000 piece, we watched in astonishment as the Balloon Girl began to shred. Many called it a ‘stunt’; a wonderful piece of marketing. Others questioned how this could have happened and cried ‘fake’.
Banksy's rescue boat the 'Louise Michel'
Initially, when the news broke about Banksy’s rescue boat the ‘Louise Michel’, we thought “ooh here’s a great art related story we can write about”.
But whilst watching BBC news talk about it, it occurred to us the story isn’t about Banksy and his new boat. It’s about how insane it is that, as human beings, we are doing very little to help these fellow humans escape the terror they are trying to flee.
Banksy's sculpture The Drinker
It’s funny what can happen when you start walking through metaphorical doors that present themselves. It all began with our devolved parliament article… which led to our mysterious Banksy article and now this… a story of an original Banksy sculpture, a dispute over ownership and a possible illegal auction at Sotherby’s that could be worth in excess of £1m.
If you’ve been reading our recent CreativeFolk articles, you know it’s been an interesting time. It’s based around a theory that everything we thought we knew about Banksy is wrong. That the original Banksy who started out years ago creating stencils in and around Bristol, was pushed aside in the name of greed.
Is this the real Banksy?
would like to tell you a story. It’s an intriguing one. One that may raise more
questions than answers. It’s a tale of alleged conspiracy, lies and the most
famous living artist in the world… Banksy.
The elusive Banksy is up to his tricks once again. This time with a Banksy shop cleverly named ‘Gross Domestic Product’ in Croydon, South London.
The premises, formerly a carpet shop, offers a variety of interesting Banksy homeware products, but there’s a catch… the doors will never open.
'Devolved Parliament' by Banksy... or is it?
There are vast amounts of press stories regarding Banksy’s 2009 painting
‘Devolved Parliament’ at the moment. Why? Well because on 28th
September 2019, London’s famous auction house, Sotheby’s will be putting it on
display… until, it goes under the hammer on October 3rd, with an
expected price tag of around £1.5m.
'Cancelled; by Banksy
Art. What is it? Is it just something ‘pretty’ hanging on your wall? Or, can art be more than that?
For many artists, art is their soapbox. It’s their mouthpiece to voice how they feel about their world. Their work shouts, and even screams, about the unjust absurdities that occur. These artists become the unsung heroes of the voiceless, hoping the world will sit up and take notice of what is really going on.
'Supersized' - Original painting on canvas
It was once said “talent creates, genius steals”. But who said this, we aren’t 100 per cent sure. A quick Google search informs us that it could have been Oscar Wilde, T.S Elliot or even Picasso. To be honest though, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the question of whether using someone else’s imagery, logo or trademark is considered ‘theft’ – or is there just cause behind the appropriation of others’ work?
Is this a new Banksy that has appeared in Venice?
As thousands of visitors descend on Venice for the latest biennale, a lonely life-jacket wearing child can be seen holding a flare aloft. The stencil certainly has all the hallmarks of a ‘Banksy’ but nothing has yet been confirmed. In fact, if you scour the pages of Google very little is mentioned about this piece… for now.