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September 5, 2006

Banksy — Episode 2: Paris Hilton Punk'd

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Lawrence Van Gelder reported in yesterday's New York Times "Arts, Briefly" feature that "the so-called guerilla artist Banksy [featured in Episode 1 on June 29] has had his way, creatively, with Paris Hilton."

Quite a nifty prank, actually; even the companies that were "victimized" found themselves admiring it.

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Read about it in the full story below.

    Prankster Artist Targets Paris Hilton

    The so-called guerrilla artist Banksy has had his way, creatively, with Paris Hilton, below. He has doctored her records, sneaking tampered albums into stores around Britain. The BBC reported that some British buyers of her CD, “Paris,” are getting not only remixes with titles like “Why Am I Famous?,” “What Have I Done?” and “What Am I For?” but also an altered picture on the album sleeve that shows Ms. Hilton topless and with a dog’s head. A spokeswoman for Banksy, a Briton whose pranks have included sneaking altered versions of classic paintings into major art galleries, said he put 500 copies of his version in 48 record shops in cities that include Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Glasgow and London, although he left the original bar code intact so people could buy the recording unaware that it had been tampered with. Among the stores were branches of HMV and Virgin Megastores. A spokesman for HMV said no customers had complained or returned one of the Banksy versions. He added, “Often people might have a view on something but feel they can’t always express it, but it’s down to the likes of Banksy to say often what people think about things.” A spokesman for Virgin said: “I have to take my hat off. It’s a very good stunt.”

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Dominic Knight's story in yesterday's Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald about Banksy's deed was most interesting, and provided the images from "Banksy Paris" seen above and below.

The "Banksy Paris" CD is already up on eBay, with a high bid as of this writing of £375.

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Add a zero or two if you manage to get Paris to autograph it.

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I lent his book "Wall and Piece" to the local youth club leader. Apparently it's very popular amonst the local kids, but I have yet to see any improvement in the quality of the local scrawls. They're still at the level of "Tracey snogs Kevin".

Posted by: Skipweasel | Sep 6, 2006 4:37:01 PM

That's my version of a Wonka Golden Ticket - I want one NOW! Both ebay auctions have been pulled for some reason...the sellers probably don't really have the albums...perfect fraud bait...

Posted by: stephen bove | Sep 5, 2006 6:17:37 PM

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