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Why does art matter? Banksy asks, offering originals for the right answer

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Why does art matter? Banksy asks, offering originals for the right answer

FILE PHOTO: Original artwork by British artist Banksy, including a stabbed vest formerly worn by dirty artist Stormzy, is part of an installation inside a storefront, before an online sale, in Croydon, England, 1 October 2019. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – British street artist Banksy is selling a stabbed Union Jack vest, & # 39; disco balls; in a riot helmet and a 'designer bag' made of brick for randomly selected buyers who can answer the question, "Why does art matter?"

The works are offered at the “Gross Domestic Product” online store, priced from £ 10 ($ 13) for a Banksy brand paint spray at £ 850 for the stormzy vest worn at the Glastonbury Festival in June.

Customers can purchase a maximum of one item per site rules. Applications will be randomly selected and then downsized by the question "Why does art matter?" With "Why" crossed out.

Responses will be evaluated by an impartial and independent judge, namely a professional stand-up comedian, the website (shop.grossdomesticproduct.com/) said.

Genuine products, which will receive a certificate of authenticity on the second anniversary of purchase, are priced well below market value.

"Please avoid registering at this time if you are a rich art collector," the site said.

The works of the elusive street artist, who never revealed his name, soared in value.

A large Banksy chimpanzee painting in the British Parliament sold for more than $ 12 million earlier this month, a record auction price for his work.

The products available at the online store were displayed at Banksy's temporary homeware store in the Croydon suburb of south London.

Paul Sandle report; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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