'Stealing Banksy' exhibit causes controversy

By Alyssa Ladzinski,
Banksy says the exhibit it's "disgusting"

Well-known street artist Banksy confessed that he has no part of the exhibit which features his work that has been removed from buildings. The works are also up for auction and could reach up to a cumulative value of $1.68 million.

On Banksy’s website, there is a note telling visitors that the “Stealing Banksy” sale by the Sincura Arts Club was put together without his permission. Jo Brooks, the Banksy spokeswoman, confirmed the message to be accurate.

The pieces will be shown in a London hotel until Sunday and will allow viewers to examine “the social, legal and moral issues surrounding the sale of street art.” Soon after they will be sold.

According to BBC News, the pieces included in the exhibit were stolen from walls and streets all over the city and the collection is estimated to be the highest-valued assortments of his works gathered yet.

“This show has got nothing to do with me and I think it’s disgusting people are allowed to go around displaying art on walls without getting permission,” said Banksy, according to The Associated Press..

This isn’t the first time Sincura has had issues with Banksy. After Banksy’s "Slave Labor" work was removed from a London wall, they sold it for more than £750,000.

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