What’s it worth to you?
To Banksy, the anonymous U.K. artist, it was $60. That’s how much he charged for each piece of signed artwork he sold at a one-day sale near Central Park.
Ever tweaking the art establishment, Banksy made his retail debut during a month-long stint in NYC. His work, which has sold at auction for as much as $1.87 million, brought in $420 (eight paintings; 50% off for two). Much like a ukiyo-e print—once ephemeral, now collectible and valuable—his satirical stencil work raises questions about the vagaries of taste and context.
—Diane Richard, writer, October 16
Source: Anna Russell, “A Bridge Between Western Science and Eastern Faith,” Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2013