Talk about the art of the deal.
A New York City woman thinks she may have scored two Banksy artworks for just $120 after she stumbled upon a mysterious art sale in a subway station.
Colleen Alexander, 26, took to TikTok last week to share a video explaining how she bought the works that could have been created by the elusive British graffiti artist.
“I just can’t stop shaking at the chance this could be real,” Alexander exclaimed at the start of her 3-minute TikTok video, which has now been viewed more than 6.6 million times.
The New Yorker said she was at the 14th Street and Eighth Avenue stations on her way home from work when she noticed Banksy-style artwork “spread across the floor of the subway stop.”
“There were ‘cash or bitcoin only, this is not a photo opportunity’ signs and no one was there. The paintings were just there,” she explained.
Alexander decided to get on the train and travel home to her apartment on the east side of Manhattan, but kept thinking about the artwork she had just seen.
“Something in me was like ‘Go back,’ so I literally got off my train, stopped at the first ATM I could find… and went back to the west side. I was just praying that it [the art sale] would still be there,” she explained excitedly.
Sure enough, Alexander found that the artworks were still in place. However, there was now a mysterious man in a ski mask overlooking the scene.
“I looked around and someone just nodded, and I… [saw] this man is standing, completely covered with his face. I asked, ‘Do you sell those?’ and he only nodded – he would not speak, ”explained Alexander.
She allegedly paid him $120 for two of the artworks before rushing home to film her TikTok video.
The young art lover was so excited about her purchases that she ended her clip by claiming she didn’t even care if they weren’t authentic Banksy pieces.
“Maybe I’m going to sound like an absolute idiot, but frankly, the value of this art, as it makes me feel right now, might as well to be a Banksy,” she said.
“This excitement and this hope… even if it’s not Banksy, I just want to say thank you to whoever set this up. Thank you!”
The Post has reached out to Banksy’s publicist for comment on the artwork’s authenticity.
If Alexander’s artwork is indeed authentic, she’s definitely struck a bargain.
Banksy is one of the world’s most famous artists and his works can be sold for tens of millions of dollars. Earlier this year, a Banksy artwork sold for $25.4 million at an auction in London.
And while the prospect of Alexander pulling a Banksy work out of a subway station may seem far-fetched, it’s not out of the question.
In 2013, Banksy sold autographed spray paintings for $60 each at a street-side stall in Central Park. The pieces were valued at $31,000 at the time, but are probably worth much more now.
Since no one knows what Banksy really looked like, the artist struggled to sell the works, as many passers-by didn’t believe they were authentic.