The new Banksy artwork in Folkestone which we reported on has been vandalised just weeks after being painted by the elusive artist. The piece titled ‘Art Buff’ which has an estimated value of around £300,000 has been viewed by thousands of art fans since it was confirmed as an original.
Police are now looking in to reports of criminal damage after a crude penis was spray painted onto the plinth of the stencilled artwork. The damage is not thought to be permanent with the entire image now being covered in protective plastic sheeting to prevent further harm. The mural was Banksy’s unofficial entry into the Folkestone Triennial art festival.
It is not the first time a Bansky piece has been painted over. Last week Clacton-on-sea county council acted quickly to erase a Banksy mural, commenting on immigration, after alleged receiving complaints deeming it “offensive”. Earlier this year another defaced work by the artist, “Kissing Coppers”, sold for £345,000 at auction in Miami. The stencilled work, which shows two policemen sharing an intimate moment, was originally painted on the side of The Albert pub in Brighton. Vandals covered the piece in black paint but it was expertly restored to its former glory by professionals before being carefully removed from the wall and sold.
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