Fail of the Day: Man in Gaza Sold an Original Banksy for Just $175

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Back in February, world-famous street artist Banksy posted several new pieces in Gaza, including a giant kitten, to try to draw some attention to the region.

His public work tends to be snatched up pretty quickly by people looking to make some serious cash. They can typically be sold to collectors for hundreds of thousands of dollars. His “Mobile Lovers” piece went for more than half a million dollars last year.

One man in Gaza probably wishes he had been told that before he let an original Banksy go for a measly $175.

Rabie Dardouna, who owned the door and rubble which Banksy adorned with a piece called “Bomb Damage” (above), pawned it off to a man named Belal Khaled for just the value of the metal. His house was destroyed during an Israeli attack last year.

“I did not know that it was this valuable. I heard it can be sold for millions,” Dardouna told The Guardian. “Now I want the door back.”

Khaled claims he only purchased the door to “protect its artistic value” and isn’t looking to make money off the deal.

He added that he might one day consider displaying it in a gallery to “speak about the suffering of Gaza and the agonies of war.”

Street Art of the Day: This New Banksy Piece Depicts Agents Listening in at a Phone Booth

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Didn't See That Coming of the Day: Banksy Throws a Blowout Sale in Central Park

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Over this weekend, the world-famous street artist Banksy set up an unmarked stall near Central Park in New York City to sell his original artwork for bargain prices and this is what happened.

Banksy At Home of the Day

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Giant vinyl wall decals of the street artist's most iconic creations now can be had for just $25 -- this week only, via Living Social. (U.S. residents not eligible -- sorry!)

Street Art of the Day

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Banksy gets in on the Olympic action.

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Olympic Protest of the Day

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In protest of the strict branding regulations for the upcoming London Olympics, 25 street artists known collectively as Brandalism have reclaimed more than 30 existing billboards around the U.K., postering over the existing content with their own ad busts:

Installed over five days in one continuous road trip that has covered the length of the country, the Brandalism crew have hit 33 spots in 5 cities. Edited and developed on the fly, this project sees the culmination of 8 months work and we will be adding more content to the site after we get some serious sleep, updates will follow daily… Inspired by a little known writer Sean Tejaratchi, the infamous British street artist Banksy plagiarized and popularized the Brandalism term in his latest book -- Wall & Piece. It is from here that we are picking up where they both left off with the Brandalism project by putting words into action with the world's first international, collaborative subvertising project.

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Street Art of the Day

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Photographer Nick Stern drew inspiration from Banksy's iconic street art for a collection of life-imitates-art photos. View them all here.

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