The company in Sunset Park that owns the box truck Banksy painted on this weekend is hoping to sell the art. “Are you a reporter or a buyer,” said a man who identified himself only as Israel, owner of I & A Merchandise, to ANIMAL by phone on Sunday. “We want to get it off our hands.”
He said the truck is worth about $38,000, but he prefers to sell just the door. “The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet…” was scrawled in drippy red letters on the back of the truck and revealed on Saturday by the street artist.
“I took it off the road,” said Israel so it doesn’t get vandalized. “Now I have to rent a vehicle.” He claims he got a $100,000 offer, but wasn’t so sure how serious the buyer was. Israel said he had never heard of Banksy before. “I Googled him, and I see my truck all over the web.”
“I want to get the most I can get,” said Israel. “But I want to do it quickly.” That shouldn’t be a problem. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)