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Landlord Removes Entire Wall Containing Banksy Artwork And Hides In Secret Location

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Landlord Removes Entire Wall Containing Banksy Artwork And Hides In Secret Location

A landlord has removed a valuable Banksy artwork from their shop wall and hidden it in an unknown location.

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The artwork was one of several pieces to appear in Lowestoft, Suffolk, back in August this year, but has now been removed from the building - which had rocketed in value after being Banksy-ed.

The empty shop, which previously housed electrical store Lowestoft Electrical, was previously on the market for £300,000, but leapt up by at least another £200,000 after Banky's artwork of a child with a crowbar popped up.

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Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

The brick and plaster section was carefully cut out of the wall by removal experts at the weekend, with a video showing a yellow telehandler tearing out the part of the wall covered in graffiti, which was protected with a screen and wooden boards.

Workmen then loaded the wall slab onto a truck, before taking it to an undisclosed location.

It remains unclear whether or not the artwork - which was one of 10 pieces made in Banksy's 'Great British Spraycation' - will be sold at auction, with previous Banksy pieces reeling in millions under the hammer.

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Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Furious locals have since blasted the proprietor online for removing the artwork, with one describing the removal as 'stupidity' and 'disrespectful'.

They wrote on Facebook: "Now being shipped off to sell at public auction.. This is terrible. Why spend the money to protect it then just take it away..."

Another said: "Greed, lack of understanding, lack of respect.

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"Remove a painted artwork all because who did it... its a joke tbh and should have been allowed. Sets a bad precedent."

Someone else added: "So so sad x perhaps he will come back and do another one. But somewhere it won't be taken away from."

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Banksy unveiled his new 'Great British Spraycation' series this summer, having posted rare footage of himself in action creating them.

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One, which appeared at the bottom of Links Hill in North Beach, Lowestoft, depicted a rat reclining in a deckchair with a cocktail in its paw.

Another, which showed up in Katwijk Way, also in Lowestoft, is of a giant seagull painted onto the side of a property, swooping down on a skip full of oversized 'chips', which are made from pieces of insulation material.

Meanwhile, a piece on Admiralty Road in Great Yarmouth showed three people on top of a bus shelter - two dancing together, while another plays an accordion.

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Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: UK News, News, Banksy

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