Banksy Opens A Shop in Croydon, London
The world’s most famous anonymous street artist Banksy has opened a shop in Croydon, London named Gross Domestic Product but no one will ever be allowed inside as it serves as a showroom to display his original artwork for sale.
Some of artwork include Tony the Tiger rug, a handbag made from a house brick, a clock with a rat illustration and more had appeared overnight.
“I’m opening a shop today (although the doors don’t actually open).
“It’s in Croydon. Probably best viewed at night,” captioned the artist on Instagram accompanied by a few photos of the ‘shop’.
It was reported that Banksy said he was ‘forced’ to launch the shop due to a legal dispute with a greeting card company.
“A greeting card company is contesting the trademark I hold to my art and attempting to take custody of my name so they can sell their fake Banksy merchandise legally. I think they’re banking on the idea that I won’t show up in court to defend myself,” said Banksy in a statement.
As a solution to the issue, Mark Stephens, an arts lawyer and founder of the Design and Artists Copyright Society proposed that Banksy open a shop to sell his range of merchandise.
Other items that are on sale include disco balls made from used police riot helmets, welcome mats, and spray cans signed by the artist and the Union Jack stab vest worn by musician Stormzy.
The items are available to buy online and anyone who is interested to purchase his artwork can visit grossdomesticproduct.com.
Banksy said the proceeds will go towards buy a new migrant rescue boat to replace one that was confiscated by the Italian authorities.
The artist is known for his audacious stunts in the world of art. Almost a year ago his famous art ‘Girl With The Balloon’ self-destructed when it shredded almost immediately after it was sold for over £1 million.
Another popular painting of his the ‘Devolved Parliament’, will be hitting the auction block on Thursday and is expected to go for up to £2 million.
Photos: Banksy/ Instagram