Comedy ebay item

A mate of mine pointed this out the other day, an auction for a kids Ladybird book on ebay that had been altered to put a slightly different spin on policing. Apparently it was;

Cheekily left in the sale box of a local library. There’s some strange scribblings present too…

Here are a couple of pages from it, the ebay listing itself has photos of lots more of them, almost negating the point of buying it…

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…except for the fact that, whilst the auction itself makes no reference to Banksy, the back of the book has apparently been stenciled with a Banksy tag.

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Not sure what to make of it really, almost certainly not a Banksy, or at least not verifiable as one, (the ‘n’ and the ‘s’ look a little dodgy to me) but a funny idea and a cool thing to own nonetheless. Make of it what you will!

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6 responses to “Comedy ebay item

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  2. cord(tm)

    Did you notice that the 2nd Page says “Written By: Near’a South Yate”? Yate being the supposed birth place of Banksy.

    I agree, the stencil doesnt look right.

  3. bristolgraffiti

    Yeah, that’s odd. John Berry was the original illustrator for this one though, and think the author’s name is a play on the original author’s name, Vera Southgate – http://www.theweeweb.co.uk/ladybird/ladybird_book_detail.php?id=870 but this book was actually first published in 1962 rather than 1974 like this one says. Couldn’t see a significance of 1974, Banksy was born in 1975 anyway.

  4. cord(tm)

    I think Banksy was born in 1974 actually.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksy

    Contains a reference.

  5. bristolgraffiti

    How odd, Sotheby’s have him down as 1975 – http://browse.sothebys.com/?q=banksy

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