Instant Index: Brooklyn Building Owner Hires Guards to Protect Banksy Work

By Rachel Katz

Oct 20, 2013 8:48pm

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Brooklyn Building Owner Hires Guards To Protect Banksy Work:

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Work by British graffiti artist Banksy is displayed on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Banksy, the British graffiti artist who announced on his website that we would be taking “residency” on the streets of New York City this month, has cause one fan to ensure that his work is preserved. A building owner in Brooklyn is protecting Banksy’s work by hiring security guards and installing a metal gate around the two spray-painted geishas and bonsai tree in the Williamsburg neighborhood. The elusive artist’s latest work appeared this morning in New York’s Upper West Side neighborhood, featuring a small spray-painted boy with a sledge hammer. Not everyone enjoys the renegade artists work, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department, who want to charge him with vandalism.

Adele Passes Driving Test With Instructor Who Doesn’t Know Who She Is:

Singer Adele recently passed her driving test, after getting lessons from a driving instructor, who had no idea who she was. The 25-year-old Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner sang some of her biggest hits to the instructor Noel Gogan from behind the wheel, but he still didn’t recognize the artist. Gogan is known for not recognizing his high profile clients, like actor James McAvoy and singer Mika, admitting he doesn’t follow pop culture.

Oprah Auctions Off Personal Belongings:

Oprah, known for her generosity, is now auctioning off her own personal belongings. The auction, called “The Oprah Winfrey Collection,” will have all proceeds benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund. The fund is dedicated to helping graduates of Oprah’s Academy for Girls in South Africa attend college. Some of the items being auctioned off include portraits, chandeliers, a marble bath and even her personal vespa from Oprah’s residences in Indiana, Hawaii, Chicago and Santa Barbara. The auction will begin next month.

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