Banksy finally confirms his real name in incredible unearthed interview

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    The real name of Banksy, the elusive street artist who has made a career out of being anonymous, has seemingly been confirmed thanks to an unearthed 2003 BBC interview.

    The BBC Radio 4's The Banksy Story aired an unheard interview with the artist, where he discusses his 2003 Turf War show. During the chat, former BBC arts correspondent Nigel Wrench asked if he could use Banksy's real name.

    The mystery of Banksy's identity continues, with possibilities including Robert Del Naja, also known as 3D, the artist and Massive Attack musician. Another potential candidate is Robin Gunningham, who was born on July 28, 1973 in Yate.

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    However, in the now public exchange, the man's real name was seemingly confirmed.

    The brief chat went as follows:

    Nigel: Are you happy for me to use your name? I mean, The Independent has.

    Banksy: Yeah.

    Nigel: Is it Robert Banks?

    Banksy : It's Robbie.

    Nigel: Robbie. Okay. Robbie.

    In the exclusive BBC interview, when asked if graffiti is vandalism, Banksy responded: "Yeah. If it's done properly it is illegal! But I got a good reaction I think off most people from my work. You know, I've even had policemen in the past say they kind of like things about it, but… I just think it's my right to go out and paint it.

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    "And it is equally somebody else's right to go out and paint over it if they don't like it, you know? It doesn't actually take very long with a bucket of white paint to paint over things. I think it's better if you treat the city like a big playground, you know? It's there to mess about in, you know?"

    When asked about his views on the modern art establishment, Banksy made it clear he wouldn't sell anything to Charles Saatchi because he blames him "for Margaret Thatcher and those annoyingly good adverts he made".

    Nigel then asked Banksy about his own canvasses being sold for £15,000.

    Banksy joked: "Apparently so! That's not what I get for 'em! No. I make paintings these days, you know? And yeah, I dunno who buys them actually. Maybe I should find out. Good point."

    The episode is available to listen to now on BBC Sounds.

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