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For Once, A Hotel Is Actively Encouraging Guests To Steal Something

December 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Over in Melbourne, a trio of hotels known as the Art Series Hotels (The Blackman, The Olsen and The Cullen) are running a rather bizarre contest that rewards the burgling abilities of its guests. Which is probably something The Carlyle or The Ritz-Carlton wouldn't consider in a million years.

Hidden somewhere inside one of the buildings is an authentic Banksy painting titled "No Ball Games" (above). The guest who manages to find it, grab it, and of course, not get caught, gets to go home with the $15,000 prize.

The most important part? You gotta be cool. Among the contest's rules: each participant must "be a polite, respectful and sophisticated art crook."

The contest will make sense to those who already count themselves as fans of the artist. Banksy himself has been caught inserting his works into exhibits and museums alongside paintings by other major artists. In this case, that same discretion is required, but to achieve the opposite result.

Having launched yesterday, the contest will run until January 15, and all info and updates will be tracked by the hotel's @StealBanksy Twitter handle. You knew social media would have to enter into this at some point.

Let the stealing begin!

[Photo: Media Mode Pty Ltd / Rex Features / Telegraph]

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