Two Banksy Pieces Are Tampered With, One Without the Artist’s Blessing

Banksy is the most famous street artist in the world, but his fame can have consequences for his public works, as has become more apparent in this past month. Just this past week, a landlord ripped one of his murals from the side of a building in England.

After Banksy confirmed that a mural on the side of an electrical shop was one of his authentic pieces, the landlord had the section of the wall with the mural on it—a painting of a child holding a crowbar—carefully removed. The owner seemed to be aware that Banksy’s work regularly sells for huge sums, and reportedly tried to sell the building at a higher price.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Earlier this year, a landlord in Nottingham, England, removed a mural of a girl playing with a tire and promptly sold it to an Essex art gallery for a six-figure sum.

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