Graffiti artist Banksy gave a £200,000 painting to a band after he accidentally ‘stole’ their name as the title to his new film – Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Exit Through the Gift Shop drummer Simon Duncan had been in the band for four years when he began receiving emails from someone claiming to be Banksy.
The ‘Banksy’ claimed he wanted to make up for using the band’s name and promised to paint them a new backdrop for their gigs if they agreed to change their name.
It turned out that the mystery man was the elusive graffiti artist Banksy and the band agreed to change their name and have now rebranded themselves as Brace Yourself.
True to his word Banksy sent a huge painting to his home featuring a black and white Grim Reaper driving a dodgem car.
Simon, 41, from London, said: ”We had these hilarious emails from someone saying he was Banksy but we didn’t know if they were genuine.
”Then a scruffy white van arrived. The driver had no idea what he was carrying. When we saw the painting we could not believe it.
”We had to insure it, so a man from Sotheby’s came over to see it in my loft.
”He said to me, ‘This is surreal. I have just been valuing an 18th-century portrait in a stately home, but it is not as valuable as this’.”
The Banksy painting has been valued at £200,000 but the band plan to display it at a gallery rather than sell it.