The Internet was abuzz yesterday with news that elusive street artist Banksy could be coming to Los Angeles in December.
The excitement started with the appearance of a website — www.banksylax.com — that proclaims “Better LA Than NYC,” a reference to “Better Out Than In,” the artist’s in-progress show in New York City.
The website is strikingly similar to a website that’s been updated daily during the artist’s month-long NYC “residency.”
But it turns out the website, and a related Instagram account, are a publicity stunt. A quick registration search revealed that the banksylax.com domain is registered to Julien’s Auctions, a Beverly Hills-based auction house that’s known for selling Hollywood memorabilia.
It appears the website is an effort to promote the auction house’s upcoming sale of Banksy’s “Flower Girl” mural, which appeared on a wall in Hollywood a few years back, as LA Taco points out.
The street art auction takes place December 5.
For the 24th day of his New York installation, “Better Out Than In,” Banksy stenciled the exterior of Manhattan strip club The Hustler Club.
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