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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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31.

Karmic-Vengeance    

spics with spray cans...id rather see a billboard of liho!.not art vandalism..get over it the 80`s are friggin DEAD! GO TO ART SCHOOL!

1294 days ago
32.

dulcealma    

It's one thing to try to sell copyrighted images for millions. It's another to use these images on the street. I love Banksy. In fact, after seeing EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, I'd like to date him.

1294 days ago
33.

Cubs    

It was taken down by the Light Group, owners of Jet Nightclub (and the most evil company in Vegas). They were offered a million dollars for it, and wanted to protect the investment even tho - get this - none of them knew who Banksy was until today.
Yes, I can totally prove the veracity of this claim. Screw the Light Group.

1294 days ago
34.

ay    

hey "richard pierce" you are a fine example of failed public schooling in america.

1294 days ago
35.

Don     

It all came off in one piece, so its probibly worth a few bucks. It may have stayed up if it wasn't for being Disney characters. A good artist would have made up his own characters and not ripped of someone elses.. Although it was funny a hell.. prob not to Disney.. lol

1294 days ago
36.

HoTMZ    

I hope he gets sued for vandalism. Billboards are expensive to make, put up, rent the space etc. Let him buy his own billboard and put up his lame "art." Seeing Disney/children's characters in sexual connotations is beyond disturbing. Wouldn't it be considered child porn? I can't believe the gas station people were going to pay 10K for it. I'd imagine child molesters enjoyed looking at it as they drove by. Ew.

1294 days ago
37.

Josh Stapleton    

I can understand why they do it but it is such a shame. He is my favourite artists.

1294 days ago
38.

midnight fapper    

this whole thing is fake/staged. the billboard company is in cahoots with bansky, someone just happened to be filming while the crew is taking down the art AND the "owner" magically appears.

come on now, these guys are acting. if somebody threated to "break your ****ing neck" who's going to just stand there and look stupid? what a joke.

1294 days ago
39.

JoeBlowIsBack    

Booooooo!! This sucks.

1294 days ago
40.

burning_plastic    

It's not copyright infringement. I'm not a lawyer but I know that artist's can make art that uses other people's intellectual property.

1294 days ago
41.

a    

The poor Mexican guy simply doing his job should have rolled those idiots into the sign and made a Banksy Burrito and then tagged their panamera.

1293 days ago
42.

Jake    

This is complete BS!! I love how everyone is going crazy about this. It is completely fake! Banksy didn't do this...it was part of the original ad. There is no way someone can go up on a billboard on Sunset and paint this elaborate graffiti. I got the inside scoop.

1293 days ago
43.

Dick    

Thats not Banksy on that billy lol, obviously not his style and he wouldnt write "livin the dream"

1293 days ago
44.

steve gretis    

Blansky seems to be a mystery to everyone but his name is Robin Gunningham and a link to his pic is http://www.doobybrain.com/2008/07/13/banksy-may-be-robin-gunningham/

1293 days ago
45.

Justice    

He doesn't even live here in the U.S. and is just trashing out city! why is it ok for him to do this? PUT HIM IN JAIL TO TEACH HIM A LESSON! MAKE HIM DO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN A GRAFFITI REMOVAL PROGRAM FOR A YEAR! HIS ART IS FOR LOSERS AND WANNA BES! NO ORIGINALITY, NO BOMB, JUST STENCILS AND SOMEONE ELSES IDEA OR CREATIONS. SAME WITH OBAMA/ANDRE THE GIANT STENCIL GUY FAIREY!
CRAP! CRAP! CRAP !- ANYONE WHO BUYS THIS GUYS ART IS A POSER JUST LIKE HE IS. USING STUPID STENCILS AND SCARING LITTLE CHILDREN AT DISNEY LAND WITH BLOW UP DOLLS DOES NOT A GREAT ARTIST MAKE! ONLY IN A RETARDED CULTURE WOULD HE BE LAUDED.

1293 days ago
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