Talk about the art of the sale.
A New York City woman claims she may have bought two Banksy artifacts for $120 after finding an unidentified art sale in a subway station.
Colleen Alexander, 26, shared a video on TikTok last Thursday explaining how she purchased the works that could be created by the elusive British graffiti artist.
“I just can’t stop shaking at the chance that this may be real,”Alexander exclaimed at 3 minutes into her TikTok video which has been viewed over 6.6 million times.
The New Yorker said she was at the 14th Street and Eighth Avenue station on her way home from work when she noticed Banksy-style artworks “scattered on the subway stop floor.”
“It had ‘Cash or bitcoin only, this is not a photo opportunity’ signs, and there was no one there. The paintings were just there,”She stated.
Alexander decided to step onto the train and travel home to her apartment on the east side of Manhattan, but couldn’t stop thinking about the artworks she had just seen.
“Something in me was like ‘Go back,’ so I literally got off my train, stopped at the first ATM I could find … and went back to the west side. I was just praying that it [the art sale] would still be there,”She was excited to share her excitement.
Alexander bought one of the artworks at the subway station for $60. Banksy has not confirmed that the piece is original. TikTok
Alexander discovered that the artworks were still there. But, there was a mysterious man wearing a ski mask who was looking at the scene.
“I looked around and somebody gave a slight nod, and I [saw] this guy standing, full face covered. I asked, ‘Are you selling those?’ and he just nodded — he would not speak,” Alexander explained.
Alexander purchased the second artwork above for $60.
He allegedly paid her $120 for two artworks, before she ran home to film her TikTok video.
The young art enthusiast was left so excited by her purchases that she ended her clip by claiming she didn’t even care if they were not authentic Banksy pieces.
“Maybe I’m going to sound like an absolute idiot, but honestly, the value of this art, the way it’s making me feel right now, it might as well be a Banksy,”She spoke.
“This excitement and this hope … even if it’s not Banksy, all I want to say is thank you to whoever set this up. Thank you!”
The Post has reached out to Banksy’s publicist for comment about the artwork’s authenticity.
If Alexander’s artworks are indeed authentic, she certainly scored herself a bargain.
Banksy is one of the world’s most famous artists, and his works can sell for tens of millions of dollars. An artwork by Banksy was auctioned in London earlier this year for $25.4 Million.
And while the prospect of Alexander nabbing a Banksy work from a subway station may seem farfetched, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Banksy sold spray paintings signed by him for $60 each at a Central Park streetside stall. They were originally valued at $31,000, but they are now likely to be worth much more.
Banksy’s real appearance is unknown. This made it difficult for the artist to sell the works, as many passersby didn’t believe they were authentic.