PHOTOS: Art fans rush to visit street artist Banksy’s pop-up shop amidst trademark dispute

Art fans and curious shoppers crowded around a disused shop in south London on Monday after notorious street artist Banksy set up a mini art exhibition in protest at a greetings card company.Scores of people vied for a view of some of the guerilla graffiti artist's works, including the stab vest he designed for grime artist Stormzy to wear during his headline performance at this year's Glastonbury Festival. The exhibition popped up overnight on Surrey Street, in Croydon, with the exhibits shown behind large glass windows, under a shop sign reading "Gross Domestic Product". Banksy said in a statement that his motivation was "possibly the least poetic reason to ever make some art". "A greetings cards company is contesting the trademark I hold to my art, and attempting to take custody of my name so they can sell their fake Banksy merchandise legally," he wrote.

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A view of Banksy's store in Croydon, London, Britain October 1, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Banksy said he had been prompted to open a shop as a way to get around copyright law after the greetings card company launched a legal bid to use his name to sell “fake” merchandise. “I think they’re banking on the idea I won’t show up in court to defend myself,” Banksy added. (Instagram /banksy )

A view of Banksy's store in Croydon, London, Britain October 1, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Banksy said he had been prompted to open a shop as a way to get around copyright law after the greetings card company launched a legal bid to use his name to sell “fake” merchandise. “I think they’re banking on the idea I won’t show up in court to defend myself,” Banksy added. (Instagram /banksy )

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Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front, ahead of an online sale, in Croydon, Britain. Banksy said that proceeds would go towards buying a new migrant rescue boat to replace one confiscated by Italy. (REUTERS)

Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front, ahead of an online sale, in Croydon, Britain. Banksy said that proceeds would go towards buying a new migrant rescue boat to replace one confiscated by Italy. (REUTERS)

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Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front. Other works on show include a baby’s crib underneath a mobile made of security cameras and a reimagining of breakfast cereal character Tony the Tiger as a rug. (REUTERS)

Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front. Other works on show include a baby’s crib underneath a mobile made of security cameras and a reimagining of breakfast cereal character Tony the Tiger as a rug. (REUTERS)

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Original artworks by British artist Banksy, including a stab vest previously worn by grime artist Stormzy, form part of an installation inside a shop front, ahead of an online sale, in Croydon. (REUTERS)

Original artworks by British artist Banksy, including a stab vest previously worn by grime artist Stormzy, form part of an installation inside a shop front, ahead of an online sale, in Croydon. (REUTERS)

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Scores of people vied for a view of some of the guerilla graffiti artist’s works, including the stab vest he designed for grime artist Stormzy (pictured) to wear during his headline performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. (Instagram/banksy)

Scores of people vied for a view of some of the guerilla graffiti artist’s works, including the stab vest he designed for grime artist Stormzy (pictured) to wear during his headline performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. (Instagram/banksy)

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Original artworks by British artist Banksy. Framed images of his works adorn the shop walls, while a battered armchair decorated with cushions reading “life’s too short” sits in front of a fireplace. (REUTERS)

Original artworks by British artist Banksy. Framed images of his works adorn the shop walls, while a battered armchair decorated with cushions reading “life’s too short” sits in front of a fireplace. (REUTERS)

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Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front. (REUTERS)

Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front. (REUTERS)

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Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front. (REUTERS)

Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front. (REUTERS)

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A message is pictured in Banksy's store in Croydon, London, Britain. This image was uploaded on Banksy’s Instagram. (Instagram/banksy )

A message is pictured in Banksy's store in Croydon, London, Britain. This image was uploaded on Banksy’s Instagram. (Instagram/banksy )

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Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front. (REUTERS)

Original artworks by British artist Banksy form part of an installation inside a shop front. (REUTERS)

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