Hotel contest asks guests to steal art

Australian luxury boutique hotel company Art Series Hotels Group is offering a unique contest for guests — daring them to try to steal a Banksy artwork in their hotel.

The print “No Ball Games,” based on one of the famous graffiti artist’s street artworks, will be hung in one of the three Melbourne-area Art Series hotels starting on December 15 until January 15. Guests can follow Art Series on Twitter and Facebook for hints on the paintings whereabouts in the hotel, and then proceed to attempt to steal it.

If a guest is caught stealing the print, they will have to return it. However, a guest that manages to swipe the print and elude the hotel’s detection will get to keep the A$15,000 (US$15,100) artwork, which is signed and authenticated by Banksy.

Find out more about the contest here.