Banksy: the only thing tying this town over until Coachella. His party and screening for his latest "Is this fake or is this real?" documentary "Exit through the Gift Shop" created quite the buzz Tuesday night, but it's the actual markings left by the artist that have helped keep Banksy on our radar throughout the week.
It was only a matter of time before a "copy cat" arrived on the scene, leaving all of us more confused than ever....
What are they doing with our Banksy!?
LAist.com tries to get the scoop this morning, leaving us all more confused. Was this an original Banksy? Is the owner totally bananas for removing it from his wall? Is it a fraud?
"Almost as soon as it went up, it was gone. But did this portion of the elusive Banksy's art get stolen, or sold?
JetSet Graffiti was given this video that shows two people slowly removing a chunk of the artwork in broad daylight from the wall of 410 S. La Brea. They also have learned that "it was the infamous Doug Christmas of Ace Gallery in Los Angeles that organized the removal and impending unauthorized sale of the artwork."
The video's source claims they asked the workers what they were doing, and they responded that "they were hired to remove it, and that it would go into a ‘big collection of art.'" A look at Google Maps' Street View of the building shows a banner with the phone number of Ace Gallery as a contact, which now puts the legitimacy of the piece and the sale in question.
JetSet asserts "the artist never confirmed the work was his, and the piece is now considered counterfeit," adding that it "makes sense for the artist to distance himself from the work now. Banksy never confirmed it was his to begin with, so Ace Gallery and every other greedy art-star fucker can piss off.""
Whatever's going on, this is another great way to drive buzz for an artist that doesn't need buzz driven.