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A number of artwork lovers or avid collectors may be desperate to get their palms on a Banksy. Sadly, some have tried to steal his work from off the streets and have gotten into a lot bother for doing so. This intuition can’t be stated for one couple within the UK, who has actively tried to eliminate a mural he had carried out on the facet of their home.
In August 2021, in Lowestoft, Suffolk, residents Garry and Gokean Coutts woke as much as discover a 20-foot-tall spray-painted work of a seagull on the facet of their dwelling. The mural was attributed again to Banksy after he launched a three-minute video known as A Nice British Spraycation, the place he confirmed the seagull amongst different items he had dotted round England for the summer season.
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In an interview with The Daily Mail, the householders stated that it had initially been “unbelievable,” however as time handed, they discovered that being chargeable for such a chunk would value them greater than they bargained for.
Town council advised the couple they have to fork out £40,000 (US$49,500) to maintain the work. Along with excessive upkeep charges, additionally they needed to preserve thieves at bay. In the identical report, Garry Coutts stated they needed to rent an evening guard after a part of it was stolen, and somebody tried to promote it on Fb. On a separate occassion, vandals had been caught simply earlier than they had been about to cowl the stencil in white paint.
Ultimately, it was eliminated someday in April this 12 months after the council accredited street closure to take it off the home. The operation required 12 layers of resin and 5 tons of metal earlier than the work may very well be eliminated in a single piece. The Times posits that it value the Coutts £200,000 (US$247,000). Nonetheless, it’s estimated that the wall could be price thousands and thousands.
The Coutts hope to promote the wall and exchange the mural with a reproduction, because the seagull has carried out a lot for the world and has drawn vacationers to Lowestoft to see it.
[via Robb Report and The Times, cover image via Banksy]