New Yorkers and tourists kicked themselves when they heard news that Banksy had sold his original artwork on the street for $60 apiece. At the time, only three people bought the art, and one buyer even bargained down the price tag. One Chicago man became the owner of four Banksy pieces for just $240.
A few artists decided to capitalize on Banksy's name and have their own Banksy art sale: They set up a stand selling replicas of Banksy's pieces in the same spot as the original stand on Central Park South, one week later. They even posted a sign that said "Fake Banksy" and gave out certificates of inauthenticity.
There was one big difference between the two sales: The second art sale sold out of its 40 pieces — even the price sign was snatched up. Maybe the customers thought fake Banksy was better than none at all. As the artists Dave Cicirelli, Lance Pilgrim, George Gross and Michael Pilgrim pointed out, "The public consciousness had changed." Now, who's going to set up the fake "Fake Banksy" sale?