To be or not to Bbay: Will Banksy take control of his market with 'approved used dealership'?
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To be or not to Bbay: Will Banksy take control of his market with ‘approved used dealership’?

Street artist’s Gross Domestic Product merchandise store opens online, but collectors are being heavily vetted to prevent flipping Banksy’s online store is now open for business After two weeks as a window display in a former carpet shop in Croydon , south London, Banksy has launched his online merchandise store, Gross Domestic Product. Prices start at £10 for an old can of spray paint rising to £850 for a “John Bull” stab vest “as worn by Stormzy at Glastonbury festival (because it’s very dangerous there)”. A Girl With Balloon t-shirt with a shredded bottom half, a nod to last year’s prank at Sotheby’s, is priced at £30. There is a collaboration with the Spanish artist Escif in the form of a resin axe (£750) and a partnership with the social enterprise Love Welcomes consisting of welcome mats stitched by refugee women out of salvaged life vests (£500 each; proceeds go to the women). A new triptych version of Banksy’s Flower Thrower is available for £750 (edition of 100). Alongside new works, all made in the studio, Banksy also hints he could be moving into secondary market territory with Bbay, “the approved used Banksy dealership”. A tab at the bottom […]

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