Artists choose many different forms and mediums to express their points of view, visions of their world, and their beliefs. The world renowned graffiti artist, who goes simply by the name Banksy, takes to the streets adding details to everyday, inanimate objects, putting things together that aren't necessarily complementary of one another and forcing it to coexist. Using spray paint and stencils, Banksy creates a statement by bringing life to things that would have otherwise been easily overlooked. His pieces and installments have become legendary and sell for hundreds of thousand of dollars, although Banksy has stated he has nothing to do with "proper art galleries" . In fact, a Miami gallery is estimating to sell a 2012 Banksy mural, cut off a London department store wall, called "Slave Labor (Bunting Boy)" for $500,000! Banksy, on the other hand, states on the 'shop' portion of his official website:

You're welcome to download whatever you wish from this site for personal use. However, making your own art or merchandise and passing it off as ‘official’ or authentic Banksy artwork is bad and very wrong.

The piece below, titled "Bronco Boy" was actually created in 2008 on the side of an apartment building in the Bronx, New York. The owners of the uptown building were apparently unaware they were hosting such a valuable piece of artwork. Even more importantly than the dollar value, it's a really freakin' rad idea.

Check out the before-and-after photos of Banksy's "Bronco Boy"

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