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Australian Hotel Chain Dares Guests to Steal a Banksy Off Its Walls

Melbourne-based Art Series hotels has launched a novel campaign to get people into its businesses. It's hanging an authenticated work by Banksy on a wall in one of its hotels and daring people to steal it.

The art at Art Series Hotels is not for stealing. But this Summer, we’re shifting the goalposts and hiding a Banksy in one of our Hotels for you to steal. The $15,000 masterpiece is one of just a handful of signed and authenticated Banksy's available in Australia...

...Find the art and try and steal it. If you don't get caught it's yours to keep. If you do get caught then back up on the wall it goes.

(via the daily what)

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  1. I did not know that Banksy "signs and authenticates" his work. That seems like a very un-Banksy thing to do.

    Posted by: endo | Dec 15, 2011 2:25:06 PM

  2. This is kind of awesome.

    Posted by: kirkyo | Dec 15, 2011 2:56:25 PM

  3. Apparently the painting is all black.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2011 4:42:30 PM

  4. It also doesn't seem like Banksy to have several interns/assistants. But he does.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 15, 2011 5:48:50 PM

  5. I don't like the promotion at all It seems to encourage theft in their hotels (Could this vase against the wall in the hotel restaurant be what they mean by a "Banksy?" Let's take it! Maybe the coffee-maker in our room is a Banksy? Let's take it, too! Maybe it's not really on a wall. There's something beautiful on the dashboard of that Volkswagen in the parking lot. Let's grab it!).
    The morally-deficient types could steal in an around these hotels and use this promotion's guidelines to justify it (in their own minds if not in a court of law).
    And encouraging "stealing" as fun just encourages thieves for when they're not on the grounds of this hotel chain.

    Posted by: Gregv | Dec 15, 2011 10:31:22 PM

  6. "Masterpiece"? Seriously.

    Posted by: Vince | Dec 15, 2011 10:38:41 PM

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