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Banksy opens homeware store after card company legal dispute


Graffiti artist Banksy says he has been forced to open his own homeware store following a legal dispute involving a greeting cards company. The new store, called Gross Domestic Product, will span the windows of a former south London carpet shop and sell a range of "impractical and offensive" merchandise created by the artist. In a statement, Banksy said the motivation behind the venture, on Church Street in Croydon, is "possibly the least poetic reason to ever make some art". He said: "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."

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