Banksy has long used rats as a form of social commentary.
While most assumed the return to the vermin in his art was a pointed reference to the spread of the disease, that’s not necessarily the case.
Banksy likes rats because they’re survivors, and, as he put it in 2008:
“If you feel dirty, insignificant or unloved, then rats are a good role model. They exist without permission, they have no respect for the hierarchy of society, and they have sex 50 times a day.”
Regardless of how you do feel about his rats, get your hands on one of his pieces of art and you’re golden.
That must have been what a man who recently appeared on Antiques Roadshow was thinking when he showed up with what he claimed was a Banksy original, ripped off a wall.
Here’s Huffington Post, with how he came by the piece:
“It looked loose. Went over, pulled it off basically, a little bit of a tug,” the man told one of the show’s art experts, Rupert Maas.
“I know what it is,” the man added. “It was around 2004, basically trying to get a valuation of it.”
As Maas pointed out, there are ways to authenticate a Banksy on your own, with an authentication service is called ‘Pest Control‘.
This bloke wasn’t able to authenticate the piece, perhaps because he ripped it off a wall, so he decided to try and get the good people on the show to do it for him.
You can probably guess where this is going:
Not his finest hour.
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