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Seven of street artist/prankster Banksy's more conventional works are on the auction block at Sotheby's on February 7th, and it's expected that the work above, "Bombing Middle England", may get a bid of close to $100,000. The acrylic and spray paint work depicts three people lawn bowling with bombs.

Last October, one of Banksy's Warhol 'fakes' of Kate Moss as Marilyn Monroe sold for nearly £50,000 at the auction house, and the craze to obtain an original Banksy print had fans lining up before Christmas outside the annual Santa's Ghetto street art emporium.

For those fans without $100,000 to drop, Banksy is offering up seven of his more well-known images on his website for download. Some see the move as a response to the many forgers trying to profit off his easily replicable work.

Banksy also offers up some instructions on how and when to best print the images: "Prints look best when done on gloss paper using the company printer ink when everyone else is at lunch."

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Prints for free [banksy]

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  1. One wonders if Banksy isn't a committee of highly efficient and productivei art school graduates from far-flung countries...

    Posted by: max | Jan 19, 2007 10:31:13 AM


  2. Banksy rules. Art does need to be accessible to all. The Kissing Coopers is my desktop wallpaper right now. And I AM waiting for everybody to go to lunch...

    Posted by: xavier | Jan 19, 2007 10:55:04 AM


  3. I should have been an artist. I can stencil stuff on a wall and take a picture of it. I don't see what's so controversial about him? Most people have no clue who he is anyway.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 19, 2007 11:24:08 AM


  4. I love his stuff. His Michael Jackson joint is my desktop wallpaper. When you blow it up, the detail is beautiful! Which is a great juxtaposition to the creepy subject! ~Shiver~

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jan 19, 2007 12:05:49 PM


  5. You can see all 7 pieces up for auction on my website. The Bombing piece will fetch the largest bid as unlike most Banksy's it is unique, signed and not part of a series.

    Posted by: Jocko | Jan 19, 2007 6:03:05 PM


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