Banksy opens online store where you can buy Stormzy's Glastonbury stab vest

Potential buyers are asked to register their details and ‘prove you are not a robot’ by answering the question: ‘Why does art matter?’

New Banksy installation appears in London

The stab vest worn by Stormzy during his headline set at Glastonbury Festival 2019 is among the items up for sale on Banksy’s new online store.

Gross Domestic Product, which uses the same name as the shop installation Banksy recently opened in Croydon, allows fans to register for some of the graffiti artist’s original works.

These include the Union Jack stab vest, mugs, cushions, a Tony the Tiger rug, clocks with Banksy's signature rat design, and a disco ball police helmet, all of which were displayed at the Croydon shop.

The Stormzy-worn “Banksy™ Vest” stab proof vest is currently listed at £850. It is described as a “‘John Bull’ English gents waistcoat updated for modern times” capable of “stopping bullets up to .45 calibre and is fully stab proof”. The listing adds: “As worn by Stormzy at Glastonbury festival (because it’s very dangerous there)”.

Some of the products on the site are available for as little as £10, along with signed original art prints starting from £500.

Banksy claims to have “price fixed the first releases for lower income patrons” and added that “wealthy art collectors are requested to refrain from shopping at the current time”.

Potential buyers are asked to register their details and “prove you are not a robot” by answering the question: “Why does art matter?”

Their responses will be judged by comedian Adam Bloom, who is urging customers to make their answer as “amusing, informative or enlightening as possible”.

“We can’t ever weed out all the people who just want to flip for profit, but we can weed out the unfunny ones,” Banksy wrote.

People have until 28 October to register.

A message on the website also warns purchasers: “The shop is not first come, first served. Due to the limited number of products currently available we are opening a registration system. You have until 28th October to browse the shop and register your interest to buy a product. Please pick one item only, then enter your details and answer the question. Entrants will be selected at random and offered first refusal to make a purchase within 7 working days with a secure way to pay.”

“This is not a proper shop – it is an actual shop,” the website continues. “it sells stuff and offers refunds and complies with data protection – but all the products are made in an art studio, not a factory. Everything is produced by a handful of people using recycled material wherever possible in a workplace culture of daytime drinking. So there isn’t loads of it and it’s not all ready to ship straight away. You are advised that GDP may prove to be a disappointing retail experience – especially if you’re successful in making a purchase.”

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