Even with Banksy works netting thousands at auction, graffiti still gets no love.
The British newspaper reported that the hotel’s owners are friends with the secretive graffiti artist, and after spending time at the establishment, Banksy’s left his mark 11 different times—including the rat stencils (see one above) of which there were three.
A hotel source told the Daily Mail that “When the mistake was realized, [the painters] were mortified—as were the owners.”
The hotel is trying to strip away the two layers of paint to see if they can restore the Banksy rats. It’s unclear how much the three stencils were worth, but the Mail values them at about $5 million.
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