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Banksy Launches Online Shop With Items For As Little As £10

Banksy Launches Online Shop With Items For As Little As £10

Banksy has started flogging some of his iconic artwork online for as little as £10 a pop - although, as always with the prolific street artist, things aren't quite as straightforward as you might think.

Earlier this month, the mysterious artist opened a 'pop-up shop' in South London called Gross Domestic Product. The store was more of a stunt, which served to function as proof that Banksy was using his trademark as he battled through a legal dispute with a card company.

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Gross Domestic Product in Croydon. Credit: PA
Gross Domestic Product in Croydon. Credit: PA

Banksy said in a statement at the time: "A greetings cards 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."

But seeing as the artist isn't exactly the biggest fan of consumerism, he decided not to actually let anyone inside.

Now he's switched things up again, having turned Gross Domestic Product physical shop into an online one - where some items will set you back no more than a tenner.

Credit: Gross Domestic Product/Banksy
Credit: Gross Domestic Product/Banksy
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Items range from mugs and aerosol cans right through to Stormzy's bulletproof Glastonbury vest.

But unlike a normal shopping experience, you can't just click on what you want and add it to your basket.

A landing page on the online shop explains: "The shop is not first come, first served. Due to the limited number of products currently available we are opening a registration system. You have until 28th October to browse the shop and register your interest to buy a product.

"Please pick one item only, then enter your details and answer the question.

"Entrants will be selected at random and offered first refusal to make a purchase within 7 working days with a secure way to pay."

Stormzy's bulletproof vest from Glastonbury. Credit: Gross Domestic Product/Banksy
Stormzy's bulletproof vest from Glastonbury. Credit: Gross Domestic Product/Banksy

A 'massive disclaimer' adds: "This is not a proper shop - it is an actual shop, it sells stuff and offers refunds and complies with data protection - but all the products are made in an art studio, not a factory.

"Everything is produced by a handful of people using recycled material wherever possible in a workplace culture of daytime drinking. So there isn't loads of it and it's not all ready to ship straight away. You are advised that GDP may prove to be a disappointing retail experience - especially if you're successful in making a purchase."

The shop has also asked wealthy art collectors to 'please refrain from registering at this time', saying: "The artist has price-fixed the first consignment of releases at a reduced rate for lower income patrons. In most cases this is far below market value."

Have a scroll through the Gross Domestic Product online shop here.

Featured Image Credit: Gross Domestic Product/Banksy

Topics: uk news, News, Art, Interesting, Banksy

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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