A new stencil by Banksy, possibly worth over £100,000 , has been painted over by the local council .
Last year, Islington Council had a policy of protecting Banksy’s work . It compiled a list of works by Banksy in their area to prevent them being painted over by clean-up teams. But the council now seems to have had a change of heart and said: graffiti and we treat it that way, whether it’s Banksy or not. Residents in the houses opposite complained and we covered it up.
Banksy’s work has been bought by Hollywood film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. At an auction in New York earlier this year, a piece sold for £950,000.
The 4ft by 4ft stencil, set on a lime green background, depicted two young girls sitting at a desk with a Kalashnikov rifle, playing with bullets rather than pencils. The elusive Banksy, with his face hidden, was spotted painting the scene towards the end of last month. But the mural was painted over with masonry paint, after residents complained.