How much is a sheet of paper with a name written on it worth? When that name is allegedly the true identity of the street artist known as Banksy, it’s worth a million.
eBay user Jaybuysthings claims to to have uncovered Banksy’s identity by matching the prices of his or her commissioned works with tax records. His auction is the latest attempt to sell the information – previous attempts have been stopped by eBay because information like that is not “tangible.” To get around this loophole, he is technically selling a piece of paper.
The current bid is $999,999 after 38 bids and with just over the auction ending around 8am Pacific on Wednesday. Some suggest it will go up dramatically as the deadline draws near.
With the knowledge of how the information was discovered, is it really worth a million dollars? I’m sure an investigation firm worth their salt could find the information for a fraction of the price. What do you do with it once you have it?
More importantly, what will Banksy do if the information becomes public? Think about it while you take a look at some of his works: