The anonymous British artist posted a message on his official website Thursday: "And that's it. Thanks for your patience. It's been fun. Save 5pointz. Bye." The artist's mention of "5pointz" refers to the street-art and graffiti exhibition space in
Banksy's most recent purported creation in New York is an inflatable throw-up piece spelling out "Banksy!" on the side of a building in Queens.
This week, the artist made waves by auctioning off a Nazi-themed work of art that was apparently created by adding an SS officer to a thrift store landscape painting. Titled "The Banality of the Banality of Evil," in an apparent homage to journalist Hannah Arendt's "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil," the painting is currently going for more than $310,000 in an online auction that is scheduled to end Thursday evening.
Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit Housing Works, a Brooklyn organization helping people living with and affected by
On Wednesday, the artist was apparently at
Some of Banksy's New York artwork was removed or painted over shortly after their creation, prompting some of the artist's fans to demand that they be preserved.