Mystery surrounds removal of Banksy mural

Banksy devotees in Cheltenham are mystified by the apparent removal of one of the graffiti artist’s murals from a local Grade II-listed house.

The only clue as to what might have happened to ‘Spy Booth’, which depicts three secret agents in trilbies and trenchcoats “snooping” on a man in a phone box with the aid of listening devices, came on Saturday (20 August). Pictures on social media appeared to show scaffolding and tarpaulins erected around the mural. The sound of machinery was also said to be heard and now all that remains is a pile of rubble beneath the wall of the house previously emblazoned with Banksy’s work. Continue reading

Arrests made in connection with the theft a of Banksy copy

Police have arrested two men in Folkestone in connection with the theft of a copy of Banksy’s graffiti artwork ‘Art Buff’, The Guardian reports.

The original piece was the subject of a groundbreaking legal dispute in 2015. Dreamland Leisure Limited, the tenant of the property on which the mural appeared in 2014, cut it out of the wall and sent it to a New York gallery for sale. Determined to save ‘Art Buff’ for Folkestone, arts charity the Creative Foundation took legal action against Dreamland on the advice of specialist art lawyers Becky Shaw at Boodle Hatfield and Tim Maxwell now at Charles Russell Speechlys. Continue reading