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    Sale 5397

    Popular Culture: Rock & Pop Memorabilia

    10 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 137


    Price Realised  


    A limited edition CD, sleeve and case Paris Hilton, 2006, customised by graffiti artist Banksy, with label Paris Hilton Debut album, featuring, "Why Am I Famous?", "What have I Done?", "What Am I For?"

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    In 2006 after the release of Paris Hilton's debut album, Paris, the "guerrilla artist" known only as Banksy planted 500 copies of his own version of the album in 48 records shops across the U.K. Replacing the originals with his altered CD and case intact with the correct barcode so that Hilton fans purchased his copy unaware, Banksy altered the inner sleeve with images of the socialite set against a back drop of the homeless sleeping on the streets of LA, or with her head superimposed on the body of a mannequin. Each page carried an insubordinate comment such as Every CD you buy puts me even further out of your league and Thou shalt not worship false icons. He altered the front sleeve depicting Hilton with a bare chest and replaced Hilton's head for that of a dog's. The CD, which features one track lasting for forty minutes, was mixed by Banksy and Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley fame and cuts in Hilton's well used catch phrase that's hot. An HMV spokesman said It might be that there will be some people who agree with his views on the Paris Hilton album. No copies were ever returned to any of the stores for a replacement.

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