Banksy Artwork Worth $45K Stolen In Toronto: Report
Banksy is the most infamous street artist in the world right now. The anonymous artist, whose artwork captures important societal messages, has a very negative view the press and commercial fame. Although his infamy allowed him to amass a net worth over $20 million Banksy has claimed that galleries that sell his work are "unauthorized" and according to Forbes, he believes "commercial success is a mark failure for a graffiti artist." Still, his work is stunning and the public can't get enough it. One man, in particular, couldn't keep his hands f a piece Banksy artwork, literally.
The New York Post reports that an unidentified man has stolen “Trolley Hunters," a piece art that depicts cavemen hunting shopping carts. A description from the Andipa Gallery in London states, “The piece] sees the artist engage with the issue food availability and consumption. While the group men appears to be primitive, as both their pose and their weapons and garments recall those cavemen, they are pictured hunting shopping trolleys."
In security footage, a Caucasian man wearing glasses, blue jeans rolled at the cuff, and gray running shoes snuck into a gallery in Toronto's West End on Sunday. No one was in the building, and police say that he used an “interior door the premises to gain entry.” The thief bravely walks in, scouts the area rapidly, grabs the artwork, and leaves the scene. The art gallery was curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy's former agent and collaborator who infamously split with his client due to difference opinion. “I’d imagine he’s annoyed in the fact that it’s not him that’s controlling it,” Lazarides told the Toronto Sun. “He’s not sanctioned it, I’ve not asked him, but I think he belongs to the general public and the general public have made him who he is and they deserve to see these works.”