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The possible identity of Banksy in a BBC archive

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The anonymous artist's name is Robbie.

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The BBC has found an old interview with Banksy that was never broadcast in its entirety and which appears to reveal the first name of the enigmatic British artist: Robbie.

In this 2003 interview unearthed Tuesday for a special episode of The Banksy Story podcast, a BBC journalist asks the visual artist if his name is Robert Banks, to which he responds: It's x27;is Robbie.

This is one of the only interviews given to a radio by this world-famous artist, who has concealed his identity since the start of his career and whose works sell for tens of millions of dollars.

This mystery generated a lot of speculation, and the first names of Robin, Robert and even Robbie had been mentioned.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Nigel Wrench, a former BBC cultural journalist, interviewed the artist, then aged around twenty, in July 2003, on the occasion of the opening of his Turf War exhibition in London.

The interview was not broadcast in its entirety at the #x27;time, but almost 20 years later, while listening to the podcast on Banksy, the journalist remembered his interview with the graffiti artist. He found the recording in its entirety on a disk he had kept at home.

Banksy also compares his graffiti to quick meals […] to be reheated in the microwave, and believes that he does not to apologize for his works painted with stencils without authorization in public spaces.

Questioned about the illegality of his works, the graffiti artist responds with advice: Get out of your house! Do some damage! Have fun!

The British public broadcaster's podcast also features another interview that Banksy allegedly gave to American radio NPR in 2005.

We assume that you are who you say you are, but how can we be sure? the host asks, to which his guest responds: Oh, you have no guarantee on that.

A legal battle between Banksy and the company Full Color Black (FCB), which sells greeting cards inspired by the artist's stencils, could also soon force him to reveal his name to the public.

Full Color Black attacked the graffiti artist and Pest Control, the only company that can identify and authenticate his works, for defamation after the artist was outraged on Instagram about the resemblance of the greeting cards to his work.

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