Banksy graffiti removed by London Underground cleaners—but TFL invites artist to make new work in ‘suitable location’

Banksy graffiti removed by London Underground cleaners—but TFL invites artist to make new work in ‘suitable location’

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It is almost a cliché, the story of an unsuspecting cleaner disposing of a valuable work of art without realising it. After a London Underground train was graffitied earlier this week by the British street artist Banksy, cleaners dutifully carrying out their jobs wiped away the piece “due to [London Underground’s] strict anti-graffiti policy,” says a spokesman for Transport for London (TFL). Works by the artist often sell for several million pounds; last year a painting of chimps as MPs sold for a record £9.9m at Sotheby’s auction house.

By Jose Da Silva, The Art Newspaper

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