It used to be when someone spray-painted graffiti on your property, you broke out a paint roller to cover it up. But now you might be better off hiring an art appraiser. Recent works of art by the British graffiti artist known as Banksy have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars to celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Londons Tower Hamlets Council recently said that they had a duty to remove all graffiti in the area including anything done by Banksy. The public in Bristol recently voted over 90 percent in favor of keeping a piece of graffiti art by Banksy as it was deemed so popular. When does vandalism transcend to art? Is it just a fad? Does it need clever social commentary? What do you think?
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A woman walks past a new example of 'art' by self-styled guerilla artist Banksy on Pollard Street on November 1 in London, England.