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Banksy Pop Up Store

The pop up exhibition of thought-provoking artwork, called Gross Domestic Product, opened without any prior announcement in a former carpet shop, underneath Pure Gym, on the corner of Church Street and Frith Road, early on Tuesday (October 1).

It features the Union Jack stab vest the world-famous artist designed for Thornton Heath’s own Stormzy at Glastonbury Festival earlier this year, as well as a Tony the Tiger rug and a cradle surrounded by CCTV cameras.

Crowds gathered around the store – which will not actually open but act as a display for items that will be sold online – on Tuesday morning. For those who turned up around lunchtime on the first day, Banksy had another surprise.

Fake £10 notes, that replaced the face of Queen Elizabeth II with that of the late Princess Diana, were dropped from above.

“I just went to see [the Banksy shop] and a bunch of these fake tenners fell from above and landed on the pavement,” said one woman on Twitter .

“Oh, wow. I must have just missed that. Keep hold of those, get them framed maybe,” said one man in response.

The woman estimated that around 20 of the fake notes fell over those who were there.

Those who picked up one can count themselves incredibly lucky as they have been sold online for £500 each to collectors.

Rather frustratingly, the shop’s doors will never open, meaning crowds have to look at the artwork from behind a glass window.

But art lovers are being given the chance to get their hands on the items inside the shop.

Gross Domestic Product – which Banksy called the Croydon store – has a website which will sell the pieces of art for as little as £10.

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