Banksy vs Paris Hilton (Second Pressing) – CD
Medium: Compact Disc
Size: 12.0 cm x 14.0 cm x 1.0 cm
Materials: Acrylic and Printed Paper
Banksy vs Paris Hilton (Second Pressing), 2006
Authenticity marked with ‘BANKSY001’ on the central section of the CD.
The CD and artwork are in excellent condition, and the CD has only been played once (comes with clear acrylic case and booklet).
These CD’s have sold in excess of £1000 at auction and are an excellent investment in the more affordable end of Banksy’s work. The CD has the all important ‘BANKSY001’ ID code on the bottom side of the CD near the centre hole.
This would have been added during the manufacturing of the CD and is found on genuine examples of Banksy c Paris Hilton CD.
Banksy and his team replaced a number of Paris Hilton’s CDs with these versions in HMV stores around the country.
The initial run was of 500 CDs followed by a second run of 1000. This is from the second run.
“Banksy vs Paris Hilton” was an artistic endeavour in which Banksy tampered with the musical release of Paris Hilton’s music album by replacing the music and images with his own. In the Banksy copy Heiress Paris Hilton is depicted with a bare chest, and replaced her head for that of a dog’s.
Each page carries an insubordinate comment such as “Every CD you buy puts me even further out of your league” and “Thou shalt not worship false icons”. The music is replaced with a Danger Mouse version. The musician of Gnarls Barkley fame cuts in Hilton’s well used catch phrase “..that’s hot..”.
The music was remixed by Banksy and Danger Mouse, and contains tracks with titles such as “Why Am I Famous?, “What Have I Done?”, and “What Am I For?”.
Banksy visited 42 record stores around the UK, switching the original Paris Hilton CDs with his amended copies, placing them in the original sleeves with the barcode so that they could be purchased.
Banksy’s stunt featured in the national press and as a result, most of the works were removed and destroyed at the time.
This was a smaller first edition of 500 copies which Banksy left in HMV and other record stores. Those sell for a minimum of £4,500. We were recently quoted £7,500 for a copy.
The one for sale here is the second edition of 1000 CDs, which comes with similar artwork, but with the sticker that was on the outside of the jewel case on the first 500 copies, now smaller and printed at top right on the front of the booklet.
For this edition the CD was a proper mastered CD with printed design, rather than the CD-rom with “Paris” written on the front that had been included in the HMV version.