Talk about the art of the deal.
A New York woman thinks she may have scored two Banksy works of art for just $ 120 after encountering a mysterious art outlet inside a subway station.
Colleen Alexander, 26, went to TikTok last week to share a video explaining how she bought the works that could have been created by the elusive British graffiti artist.
“I just can not stop shaking at the chance that this may be true,” Alexander exclaimed at the beginning of his 3-minute TikTok video, which has now been viewed more than 6.6 million times.
The New Yorker said she was on 14th Street and Eighth Avenue station on her way home from work when she noticed Banksy-style artwork “scattered on the subway station floor.”
“It had ‘Only cash or bitcoin, this is not a photo opportunity’ signs and there was no one there. The paintings were just there,” she said.
Alexander decided to step on the train and travel home to her apartment on the east side of Manhattan, but could not help but think of the works of art she had just seen.
“Something in me was like ‘Go back’, so I literally got off my train, stopped at the first ATM I could find … and went back to the west side. I just asked for it. [the art sale] would still be there, ”she explained excitedly.
Surely Alexander found out that the works of art were still in place. But there was now a mysterious man in a ski mask who was investigating the place.
“I looked around and someone nodded lightly, and I [saw] this guy standing, full face covered. I asked, ‘Are you selling them?’ and he just nodded – he would not speak, “Alexander explained.
She allegedly paid him $ 120 for two of the artwork before rushing home to film her TikTok video.
The young art enthusiast was left so excited about her purchases that she ended her clip by claiming she did not care if they were not authentic Banksy works.
“Maybe I’m going to sound like an absolute idiot, but honestly, the value of this art the way it makes me feel right now, it might as well be a Banksy, “she said.
“This excitement and this hope… even if it’s not Banksy, I just want to say thank you to the one who created this. Thank you!”
The Post has contacted Banksy’s publicist to get a comment on the work’s authenticity.
If Alexander’s artwork is truly authentic, she’s certainly made herself a coup.
Banksy is one of the world’s most famous artists, and his works can be sold for millions of dollars. Earlier this year, a Banksy work of art was sold for $ 25.4 million at auction in London.
And while the prospect of Alexander snatching a Banksy work from a subway station may seem far-fetched, it’s not out of the question.
Back in 2013, Banksy sold signed spray-paintings for $ 60 apiece at a stall on Central Park Street. The pieces were actually valued at $ 31,000 at the time, but are now probably worth far more.
Because no one knows what Banksy actually looked like, the artist struggled to sell the works as many passers-by did not believe they were the authentic ones.