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'Guerrilla graffiti' artist Banksy doctors Paris Hilton's debut album

UPI News Service, 09/03/2006 

Infamous "guerrilla graffiti" artist Banksy has replaced 500 British copies of Paris Hilton's debut album with his own mock renditions of the heiress' work.

The doctored albums found their way into music stores across Britain and offered listeners one 40-minute song featuring many of the heiress' catch phrases. An accompanying booklet listed tracks like "Why am I famous?" and offered digitally altered photos of Hilton, The Independent reported.

Prior to taking on one of the world's more notorious celebrities, Banksy had focused his attention on the world's art museums. In 2003, the artist glued one of his original paintings up in the Tate Britain and later smuggled bogus exhibits into both the National History Museum and New York's Museum of Modern Art.

While Banksy's newest offering focused on Hilton by labeling her photo with lines like "Thou Shalt Not Worship False Icons," the secretive artist did find time to re-edit the record credits to thank himself for his "wonderful work."

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