Australian Who Found Authentic Banksy Print for $300 Sells it for Staggering $184,00014 May 2021
7 NEWS | Alex Turner-Cohen
One Australian has walked away almost $200,000 richer after a lucky find at an art store in Sydney. In 2003, a customer walked into the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) store in Sydney’s Circular Quay and picked up a Bansky print for less than $300. The painting was a copy of infamous street artist Banksy’s iconic Love Is In The Air with a red background, which depicts a protester throwing flowers. After the purchase, Smith and Singer, Australia’s auction house for paintings, discovered that the artwork was indeed authentic as it was number 450 of an edition of 500 printed by Banksy in 2003.
On Thursday night, 17 years after it was first purchased, the print sold for $184,091 on the international market.