Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Prints of a piece by graffiti artist Banksy called “Destroy Capitalism” are available on Walmart's website for $57.99 to $868.99, although the validity of the works appears to be up in the air.
Jo Brooks, Banksy's publicist told LAist, "The Banksy canvases you showed me are counterfeit reproductions and we are currently dealing with Walmart about them."
LAist’s art expert, Jake Dobkin, found the situation amusing. "I think he'd probably appreciate the irony of a monstrous corporation appropriating his anti-consumerist art and selling it at a markup without giving him any money -- that's pretty punk rock."
But a Walmart spokesperson said that the prints are being sold by third-party sellers.
“These items are sold through our Marketplace third-party sellers Wayfair and PlumStruck…We will also instruct Wayfair and Plumstruck to review their artwork to ensure the descriptions are accurate. They’ve provided great products and experiences to our customers and are contracted to comply with product copyright, safety, testing and certification requirements. We’ll work closely with them on the review.”
The absurdity of the situation was not lost on the Twitterverse:
Walmart is selling a Bansky print titled "Destroy Capitalism," which shows people buying a T-shirt with that slogan http://t.co/b3IMPHS4a4— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) December 3, 2013Advertisement
Can we all take a moment to admire the fact that Banksy's 'Destroy Capitalism' canvas prints are now available at Walmart?— Valerie (@ValerieShawley) December 3, 2013
Is nothing sacred RT Walmart's Selling A Bunch Of Banksy Ripoffs http://t.co/YixQl4Frf3— Matt Rodriguez (@RodStrategies) December 3, 2013