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Banksy’s Real Identity (Back) Up For Sale On eBay

Banksy’s Real Identity (Back) Up For Sale On eBay (photo)

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UPDATE — 1/14/2011: The item is back up on eBay. The seller claims the previous auction was removed because he was not selling something “tangible.” So now instead of winning Banksy’s identity, you’ll get a piece of paper containing Banksy’s identity written on it. Better hurry — bidding’s already up to $5,000. The auction ends Wednesday night.

UPDATE: The listing has now been removed. Obviously there’s a lesson here: eBay will simply not allow you to sell something with free shipping. Or maybe this guy was just full of crap. Or maybe he had the truth, but Banksy quickly paid him off to shut his mouth.

As spotted by Boing Boing, someone has put up an auction on eBay entitled: “The Identity of ‘Banksy.'” Banksy, of course, is the anonymous street artist prankster-genius who also directed last year’s fantastic graffiti documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Thus far, no one has learned his true name (in the film, Banksy appears in shadows with his voice electronically scrambled). But this eBay item claims:

“If you win this auction I will reveal to you the true identity of ‘Banksy.’

I have uncovered his identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records. I will reveal no more details.

The winner of this auction is the only person that I will ever share this information with. I will simply tell you his name. I cannot offer anything more.

I give you 100% assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as ‘Banksy’.

I’m not tax record expert, but how do we know the guy depositing these checks is, in fact, Banksy? Seems like the guy’s gone to this much trouble to protect his identity for so long, he probably would have thought of something like this. Then again maybe not.

The starting bit is $3,000 — no bids so far as of my writing this at 6:30 pm on Tuesday — but if you’ve got the scratch you can “Buy it Now” for $25,000. Best of all, free shipping! What a deal. Tonight the streets could be yours.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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