Stab-Proof Vests And Cushions Are For Sale At Banksy's Retail Store
Cushions, t-shirts and a stab-proof vest -- Banksy's highly-anticipated online retail store is up and running.
Earlier this month, the world's most elusive street artist raised eyebrows with the arrival of his 'Gross Domestic Product' store in South London.
The showroom in Croydon was for display purposes only and never actually opened its doors.
The line of merchandise -- which includes a disco ball made from a police riot helmet and plush toys choked by plastic -- was born out of a trademark dispute.
“A greeting card company is contesting the trademark I hold to my art and attempting to take custody of my name so they can sell their fake Banksy merchandise legally," the artist said.
Now, the branded homewares which were displayed in the store's windows are available online -- but there's a catch.
As the Gross Domestic Product website explains, this is not a 'first-come-first-serve' situation.
Wannabe buyers have until October 28 to register their interest in a product, and upon registration, applicants are asked to fill out their details and answer the question “
Why does art matter?” in 50 words or less.
Answers will be used to decide who gets to take home the goods in the event demand outstrips supply.
Considering Banksy's last work to be sold at auction went for $18 million, it's pretty safe to say every single one of these sales will come down to a tie-breaker.
According to the store's terms and conditions, a professional stand-up comedian will be the deciding judge.
The homewares range from as little as £10 all the way up to £850 for the stab-proof vest emblazoned with the Union Jack, which UK rapper Stormzy famously wore for his set at Glastonbury.
Coming in at £500 a pop, the clock featuring the famous Banksy rat is cheaper than a Rollex but you will need to buy your own batteries.
"The precision mechanism requires 1x AA battery to accurately mark our relentless and steady ticking towards the great unknown," its description reads.
If you don't need a new time-piece, there's a one-of-a-kind handbag made from an actual house brick, described as "perfect for the kind of person who doesn’t carry much but might need to whack someone in the face".
Here's a run-down of what's currently on offer:
Clock - 50 available at £500 ($940)
Met Ball - 15 available at £500 ($940)
Clutch Bag - 1 available at £750 ($1410)
Duck & Cover - 15 available at £500 ($940)
Banksy's take on the classic 70s relief wall decoration of three flying ducks features three unmanned predator drones.
Balloon Tee - Unlimited edition at £35 ($65)
Banksy Black - Unlimited edition at £10 ($19)
Banksy Tagged Tee - Unlimited edition at £30 ($57)
Early Learning Counting Set - 5 available at £750 ($1410)
Banksquiat - 300 available at £500 ($940)
Mug - Unlimited edition at £10 ($19)
Banksy x Escif - Axe - 3 available at £750 ($1410)
Shredded Tee - Unlimited edition at £30 ($57)
Thrower - 100 available at £750 ($1410)
Vest - 1 available at £850 ($1600)
Soft Toys - 5 sets available at £600 ($1130)
Cushions - Unlimited edition at £150 for the pair ($283)
There is also a number of products which are listed on the website but currently not available for registration, including a baby mobile made from security cameras, a tombstone which reads "you have not reached your destination", and a goldfish which will be available once the artist has ironed out "some issues with bubbles".
Banksy has also collaborated with Love Welcomes -- an organisation enabling refugee women to earn an income through weaving and selling homewares.
All orders for the Banksy welcome mat, which sells for £500, are made through the organisation's own website, and all proceeds will apparently go towards helping refugees.
According to the site's description, the mats are "hand-stitched using the fabric from life vests abandoned on the beaches of the Mediterranean".
"Customers are advised they no longer constitute a valid buoyancy aid - although shockingly many never did - they're cheap fakes sold by people smugglers and don't actually float," it reads.