For a few days now I've suspected something was afoot with Turnpike Lane's Banksy; it's been surrounded by scaffolding and tarpaulin since Wednesday - and there was a security van present for much of that time.
This morning I had a sneaky look under said tarpaulin to find it had been removed. I spoke to the guy rendering the wall and he said that after repeated attempts to gouge it out, the owner of the Poundland building had decided to take steps to 'preserve' it. He wasn't sure where it's gone...one can only wonder if it's been sold. Sad to see it go - it was nice to have a landmark of sorts...
A million copies for a pound
I have a picture of this when it was newly done and all the bunting was still up.
Can someone please post a pic of the before?
it's already on auction:
The thieving scum. It was produced to highlight Poundland's use of practically slave labour to produce their crap and now they've torn it down to cash in on that too. Vile.
I saw it as a comment on the money spent on the Jubilee celebrations, not against Poundland. And I doubt that Poundland own the building.
Starting bid; $400,000 (?) Looks like the owner of the building (who would have had this Banksy taken down) has sold it on, as the seller on the auction site is currently selling another banksy. Art dealer?
I looked them up - Fine Arts Auctions Miami (FAAM). The Turnpike Lane Banksy comes up on their homepage - it looks like it physically appears in an auction on 23 Feb here:
350 NW 29th St.
Miami, FL 33127
so agree Stan people are so, how you say, jump to a conclusion, generally the wrong one