CON ARTIST; Hoaxer Hangs Spoof Prehistoric Cave Painting in British Museum
Byline: By STEPHANIE BUSARI
A HOAXER secretly hung a spoof cave painting in the British Museum of a prehistoric man...pushing a shopping trolley.
Amazingly, it was days before anyone noticed. And yesterday staff at one of the best known galleries were kicking themselves for not spotting it sooner.
After all there were a few obvious clues - apart from the fact that Tesco wasn't around in those days.
The "rock painting" - titled Early Man Goes to Market - was stuck to the wall with double-sided tape.
And the official-looking caption said: "This finely preserved example of primitive art dates from the post-catatonic era and is thought to depict early man venturing towards the out-of-town hunting grounds.
"The artist responsible is known to have created a substantial body of work across South East of England under the moniker Banksymus Maximus but little else is known about him."
The bogus exhibit - depicting a caveman pushing the trolley beside the outline of a pig - was planted by a serial "art terrorist" known only as Banksy. …