10 September 2021

"I can't believe you morons actually buy this shit"

That's the title of an assemblage of 23 works of art by Banksy that is currently being offered by Christies.  Starting bids range from GBP 20,000 to 100,000.

Readers with an interest in literature will be more interested in The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum, Part One.  



  1. For those interested in more (Ahem!) traditional art shenanigans:



  2. The sad thing is that these books will likely never be read again.

    Furthermore, it is utterly tragic that the corrupt world of big money corrupts the world of art so much.

    Art is supposed to be experienced. Not to be monetized. Sure, part of the job of an artist is finding a way to finance the creation of the art and her life. However, the obscene amounts of money paid for rare pieces of art miss the point of art and are nothing more than a vulgar dick measuring contest between the obscenely rich.

    What's worse is that they feel like they're really into the art scene which makes them fancy, and good people. Instead, they should donate their money to help the poor and go support a struggling local artist.

  3. Bansky is a street artist in the UK. His real name is unknown. Much of his work is donated to be sold to support various causes (Campaign Against Arms Trade, NGO Help Refugees, Greenpeace, Reprieve, various youth organizations, and organizations that work to help the homeless). He also donates much of the proceeds from auctions such as the one at Christies. Last year, Bansky donated a painting to a hospital; the painting later sold for £14.4m with the proceeds going to a number of Health Service related groups and charities. He has a company called Pest Control that handles the selling of his artwork. It seems likely that the people who buy his work know that their money will be going to support a worthy cause.

    The Wikipedia pagew about him is well worth reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksy

    A large part of his work is in public places, on doors and walls and such.

    A quote from Bansky: "Banksy has said "We can't do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves."

    Pest Control: https://pestcontroloffice.com/

    The answers on the Questions page make great reading. An example:

    "I believe I have worked out who Banksy really is."

    Great, Banksy hugely appreciates any suggestions and is currently struggling with that very question. Please write ‘existential crisis’ in the email heading.

  4. From the auction page

    Banksy: I can’t believe you morons actually buy this sh*t’ is cheekily titled in homage to the artist’s Morons screenprint. The source image of this work is a photograph of the record-breaking sale of Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers at Christie’s in 1987, with van Gogh’s canvas replaced by Banksy’s text.

    referenced work: https://www.artsy.net/artist-series/banksy-morons

  5. The books and the baseball stuff weren't designed to be sold at the value they are. They are just that, memorabilia. Banksy is working on a completely different game. His art is designed to connect with the masses, and then that then applies the mass value to those willing to pay for it. There are two great documentaries about him on Netflix that give a greater understanding of just how hard he works to make his art part of society, and those who try to steal his public art. It is amazing the phenom he is and that it is self-built.


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