THE CONTROVERSIAL BANKSY BOOK
Exploring the social, moral and legal issues of removing and selling Banksy artwork, and unravelling the truth behind the STEALING BANKSY? Street Art Project.
What would you do if Banksy painted a mural on your house?
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ABOUT THE STEALING BANKSY? BOOK
For years the true identity of world-renowned street artist Banksy has been in question. Many theories have been put forwards, no conclusive evidence has ever been forthcoming. That is until now.
A limited edition book is now available which shows the artist, with paintbrush in hand, busy at work painting one of his most famous murals.
The book is a follow up to the 2014 project by Sincura Arts entitled STEALING BANKSY? which explored the social, legal and moral issues surrounding the sale of Street Art. It culminated in an exhibition and sale showcasing the most expensive collection of Banksy street art ever assembled under one roof. Or so we thought as this cloak and dagger exhibition was actually a stunt to secure interest in the world’s first street art museum.
This book reveals the untold story of the exhibition and the pieces that were showcased. It gives a first ever glimpse into the warehouses and processes used to restore these extraordinary artworks back to their former glory. It gives an insight into the future of the notorious workings.
The book finally reveals 2 pictures of Banksy, with brush in hand, painting his now famous artworks. There has never before been conclusive photographic evidence of the illusive street artist painting one of his many pieces.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TONY BAXTER
I am often asked why I remove Banksy works from the streets. In order to answer this I need to give you a bit of history.
I run a concierge company called The Sincura Group. We are essentially fixers - if you need that impossible to get restaurant reservation, exclusive limited edition handbag, or tickets to sold out events, we are the people you call. We get things done.
Up until 2013 I had very little exposure to the art world. I have always appreciated art and the skill involved with it. However, I am not a critic and my knowledge of art essentially finished with paint-by-numbers. This all changed in 2013 when one of my clients asked me to find the Banksy mural “Slave Labour”.
From me finding the piece, and the press surrounding it, I was soon seen as the leading expert in removing, restoring and selling pieces. I was inundated with calls and emails from people asking for help to remove and sell their Banksy. I was seen as a Banksy expert; every time a new one appeared on the streets the press would phone me for a quote. I decided to explore a few enquiries in more depth.
I got involved and met some amazing people and heard their stories about the impact that having a Banksy on the side of their building was having. I had four simple rules:
1. The piece must be legally owned - the legal owners are the freeholders of the building.
2. There must be a good reason for the owners to remove the piece.
3. The owners need to give something back to the community - this is usually a donation to a local charity.
4. I need to be satisfied that the owners will proceed with the removal of the piece with or without my help.
I didn’t realise what the public’s reaction would be; I had a torrent of abusive emails, bricks thrown through my windows, even virtual bullets sent to me. Then the lawyers’ papers started turning up, and the bank froze my company accounts for trading in ‘stolen goods’.