British artist to give away 1,000 works

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A British artist is to give away 1,000 of his works by leaving them around London for anyone to find.

The Independent on Sunday said the works would be signed by the artist Adam Neate, whose pieces have fetched up to 43,000 pounds ($67,000), and will be dotted around the city on Friday.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to do a show around the whole of London, to take over the whole city in one go,” the newspaper quoted Neate as saying.

“I want everybody to be able to see it but once the pieces are out there, I don’t mind what happens to them.”

The value of so-called urban art has rocketed this year. A painting attributed to graffiti artist Banksy, salvaged from a London wall, fetched 208,100 pounds in an online sale.