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Banksy Steals Band Name Then Gives Them $300,000 Painting

What do you do if you are a member of a band and someone keeps sending you emails claiming to the the artist known as Banksy, and asking you to change the name of your band? That actually happened to the band Exit Throught the Gift Shop. The emails were from Banksy! The artist hoped to convince the band to change their name in order to prevent confusion with his movie of the same title, and offered original artwork as an incentive.

It turned out that the mystery man was the elusive graffiti artist and the band agreed to change their name.

They have now rebranded themselves as Brace Yourself.

Keeping his promise, Banksy then sent a huge painting to his home featuring a black and white Grim Reaper driving a dodgem car.

The Banksy painting has been valued at £200,000 but the band plan to display it at a gallery rather than sell it.

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I don't know I wouldn't have changed the name. They had it first. His movie hasn't been released yet so he should have changed that.

Especially since Banksy take any legal action being a criminal and all.
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