Australia is quickly gaining a reputation as the country that really likes to graffiti reality TV stars and rappers in public spaces - first a Kim Kardashian mural in Melbourne enraged feminists the world over when it was vandalised, and now this: artist Scott Marsh's huge 'Kanye Loves Kanye' artwork, emblazoned across a wall in Sydney's Chippendale, has attracted the attention of not only every single person on the planet with an iPhone, but quite possibly the rapper/fashion designer/self-proclaimed deity himself.

After Marsh painted it in early March, the mural quickly went viral, racking up over two million clicks on Reddit and appearing on news outlets across the globe. Now, Marsh has been contacted by people claiming to be Kanye's management, who have offered a large sum of money for it to be taken down.

Cold hard cash and Yeezys: the Sydney artist holding Kanye West to ransom

But Scott Marsh knows better than to simply obey the self-alleged god's demands - if Kanye wants his artwork taken down, he better cough up: Marsh is asking for US$100,000... plus a lifetime supply of Yeezy sneakers. Smart man.

He figures this way, he'll ascertain whether the emails really are coming from Kanye's management - surely no-one else would pay that kind of money to see a mural taken down. In the spirit of art conservation, Marsh is also offering the rapper a one-off canvas version for him to keep. See the listing here

Cold hard cash and Yeezys: the Sydney artist holding Kanye West to ransom