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Banksy is the pseudonym of a British graffiti artist, political activist, painter and film-maker, whose identity still remains a closely-guarded secret. Originally from Bristol, for the last 14 years his satirical and socio-political street art and publicity stunts have drawn the attention of the world's media and the public alike and he is now one of the world's most famous living artists.

Banksy is no stranger to controversy and he has exhibited his work in a wide range of different locations. His official shows include Turf War (2003) where he spray-painted cattle (using animal-safe paint) with his work - drawing the unwanted attention of animal welfare groups, Crude Oils (2005) which featured a cast of over 200 live rats alongside his vandalised oils, Barely Legal (2005) which managed to attracted Hollywood's A-List elite to a disused warehouse on Skid Row and featured a huge spray-painted elephant and Banksy vs. the Bristol Museum (2009) where he literally took over the City museum in his hometown for an entire summer, often replacing some of the works of art with his own.

When it comes to attracting public attention, Banksy has managed to surpass all of his contemporaries. Placing a dummy dressed as a Guantanamo Bay prisoner in a rollercoaster ride, spray-painting images on the wall at the West Bank, and exhibiting his work illegallly in The Tate and The Louvre, where he strategically placed his work uninvited on the walls of the galleries for the public to enjoy.

Not surprisingly, his growing fame and growing notoriety has meant that serious art collectors have been showing an interest in his originals and printed editions which have seen significant rises in recent years, resulting in strong prices achieved on the secondary market and through the major auction houses.


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