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Banksy's Hollywood Graffiti Bomb -- RIPPED DOWN

2/16/2011 9:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A billboard company just ripped down a Sunset Blvd. sign that had been tagged by Academy Award nominee Banksy -- just a few short days after the legendary graffiti artist touched it up in the first place.

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The Mickey Mouse inspired artwork -- which mysteriously appeared a few days ago -- was just taken down ... but no one at the scene will tell us why.

021611_banksy_fightWe're told employees at the gas station directly below the billboard offered to pay $10,000 for the artwork -- but the billboard company refused.

UPDATE: A physical altercation just broke out over the sign -- cops have responded to the scene.

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16.

Justice    

BANKSYS ART IS CRAP! BORING, UNORIGINAL AND CONTRIVED ARE THREE WORDS THAT COME TO MIND.
CITE HIM FOR VANDALISM LIKE THEY DO ALL THE LOCAL KIDS WHO DO THAT SORT OF STUFF AND GET THROWN IN JAIL.
HIS ART IS NOTHING AND ONLY AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR HIMSELF.

HIM AND SHEPARD FAIREY REPRESENT NOTHING AND ANYONE WHO BUYS INTO THIS STUFF IS AN IDIOT. GRAFFITI, URBAN ART, STREET ART ETC WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT? STENCILS AND STEALING OTHER PEOPLES PHOTOS DOES NOT A GOOD ARTIST MAKE.

1284 days ago
17.

edmund    

as a banksy collector, i find this really sad. at least in the UK they respect his art. this piece is far too big to be displayed, so it is most likely disney who wanted it taken down.

for those who say banksy is irrelevant, do your homework and take a look at some of the other pieces he has done in LA in the past week. yes he uses stencils and has a crew that works with him, but the difference between banksy and the average graff artist is context.

banksy is one of the most influential artists of our time. it is a shame that disney is still bitter about the guantanamo doll. i can only hope that exit wins the oscar.

1284 days ago
18.

Chia    

Those idiots! Why on earth would they take it town?

1284 days ago
19.

Sad sad    

The billboard co probably got paid major cash for that.

1284 days ago
20.

niles    

If Walt Disney wasn't frozen stiff, he'd be spinning in his grave to see his beloved characters used in this manner.

1284 days ago
21.

mag    

When I was in art school, one of my teachers compared graffiti artists to dogs marking their territory. Not everyone likes this type of expression, and I'm sure Disney wanted it taken down and destroyed. Hopefully they won't destroy it.

1284 days ago
22.

edmund    

in addition to the all caps and insults, some of you obviously have no idea what you are talking about. if someone wants to come and "vandalize" my place of business by adding six figures + in value to it, please let me know and i will give you my address.

my suspicion is you couldn't afford a banksy print much less an OG.

namaste

1284 days ago
23.

Feds    

Banksy ripped off OBEY!

1284 days ago
24.

ay    

Someone of power at the company who took it down will take this an auction this off, probably for a ridiculous amount of money. Enjoy!

1284 days ago
25.

steve    

Everyone thinks that Bansky's identity is a mystery. His name is Robin Gunningham and here is the link to prove it and put this all to rest http://www.doobybrain.com/2008/07/13/banksy-may-be-robin-gunningham/

1284 days ago
26.

Davey Boy    

Who rips down an original Banksy? Idiots.

You leave it up, ride it out, and reap some publicity. After the Oscars, then tear it down.

1284 days ago
27.

tgrfan42069    

why didnt this guy get charged for vandalism?? anyone else spray paints something that doesnt belong to them they get a charge on them.yet just because this guy is an "artist" he gets nothin??

1284 days ago
28.

tgrfan42069    

gang members did some graffiti on a store im gonna be furious when they paint over their art work.its a shame that people go otu of there way to vandalize stuff then someone tears it down.i mean really people are actually wondering why they took down he billboard that this so called artist vandalized geez.also isnt it supposed to be illegal to vandalize property??

1284 days ago
29.

gemini81    

Steve, that was a very interesting read...it seems that Robin Gunningham is Banksy, did you notice in the photo the stencil of the heart on a string? Looks like Banksy to me!

1284 days ago
30.

ChrisInAustin    

The pissant lapdog making all the threats to the sign guy is pretty pathetic. Hope he gets charged with something more than being moron.

1284 days ago
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