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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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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

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Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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