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Model motorized boats crammed with migrants, paparazzi photographing a dead Cinderella, and a pocket money loans kiosk offering cash to kids at an interest rate of 5,000% – these are just some of the installations in Banksy’s new art show, Dismaland bemusement park, which opens on Weston-super-Mare seafront o. The two-minute trailer reveals some of the works by 58 artists, including Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer, installed across the 2.5-acre site.

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A Los Angeles mural by graffiti artist Banksy is up for auction. Estimated to fetch $150k to $300k. 

Banksy is a pseudonym for an elusive British graffiti artist who first emerged in Bristol, England, as part of an underground group of artists. He has become known for his trademark spray-paint stencils that offer social commentary.

He intentionally hides his identity and real name, but verifies his works by featuring them on his website (www.banksy.co.uk).

Britain Book Sale

A first edition copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” that contains author J.K. Rowling’s notes and original illustrations fetched 150,000 pounds ($228,000) at a London auction on Tuesday.

Sotheby’s said the work, offered as part of a charity book sale jointly organized with the English PEN writers’ association, was sold to an anonymous bidder by telephone.

Rowling peppered the book with many personal annotations, including editorial decisions, comments on the process of writing and a note on how she came to create the game of Quidditch.

She also drew about two dozen illustrations in the copy, including a sleeping baby Harry on a door step and an Albus Dumbledore Chocolate Frog card.

As part of the fundraising event, Rowling and dozens of other best-selling authors were asked to “scribble second thoughts, marginalia or drawings” on a first-edition copy of one of their books.

A copy of Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s book “Matilda” containing new drawings by illustrator Quentin Blake fetched 30,000 pounds ($45,500), while an annotated copy of Kazuo Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel “The Remains of the Day” was sold for 18,000 pounds ($27,300).

In all, the sale raised a total of 439,200 pounds ($666,310)

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Andy Fields, on vacation in Las Vegas from the UK, may have hit an unreliable jackpot in form of an original Andy Warhol sketch. Fields picked up the work, by a then 10-year old Warhol, for just $5 from a “drug user.” The seller, improbably, also offered some history of the drawing suggesting that his aunt used to babysit the famous artist. If real, this rare work of art could be worth millions. [Art Info]

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