Home   Lowestoft   Article

Banksy artwork which was on Lowestoft wall to go up for sale via Julien's Auctions in US



More news, no ads

LEARN MORE


An artwork by renowned graffiti artist Banksy which was spray-painted on a Lowestoft shop wall will go up for sale via auctioneers in the US.

The mural, which showed a child with a crowbar, was removed from the property on Sunday, having been on the building since August when it appeared as part of the artist's Great British Spraycation.

And now Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions, based in California,has confirmed they will be selling the artwork in late January, but he said they have no further details to share at this time.

The Banksy artwork in Lowestoft. Picture: Effective Imaging Ltd/East Suffolk District Council
The Banksy artwork in Lowestoft. Picture: Effective Imaging Ltd/East Suffolk District Council

It comes after an entire section of the shop wall featuring the artwork was removed before being taken to a mystery location on Sunday.

A section of brick and plaster was carefully cut out of the wall of an empty electrical shop by removal experts at the weekend

The shop was previously on the market for £300,000. However, it saw its value leap by at least another £200,000 after Banksy's work appeared in August.

But the property's owner decided to remove the artwork from the building at the weekend, with a video showing a yellow telehandler tearing out part of the wall featuring the graffiti, which was protected with a screen and wooden boards.

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

Concerns have been raised at the decision to remove the artwork with many saying they're sad to see the painting go.

Lynda Palmer said: "So so sad. Perhaps he will come back and do another one. But somewhere it won't be taken away from."

Read more: All the latest news from Suffolk

Read more: All the latest news from Lowestoft