These black on white canvasses are signed Banksy originals, each of them worth tens of thousands of dollars. Yesterday, the British artist tried to sell them for $60 each in Central Park and failed. Only three people actually bought something, for a grand total of $420. The actual cost: an estimated $224,000.

Banksy has said in his site that he will not repeat the stunt. The artist is currently living in New York for a limited time. Since his arrival, he has thrown other public performances, like Sirens of the Lambs, in which he drove a cattle truck full of distressed stuffed animals to denounce the inhuman treatment in industrial farms and slaughterhouses.

[Banksy via El Mundo and The Guardian]