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Banksy's Stolen L.A. Street Art -- The Hunt Is On

3/22/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Several works of art created by Oscar nominated street artist Banksy have been "stolen" off the L.A. walls they were painted on -- and now TMZ has learned, the hunt is on to get them back.

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The people who run the user-generated news blog AllVoices.com ignited the effort with an open letter last week -- asking "the individuals responsible for the theft of this art to come forward and return the art to its rightful owners: the communities that received these unique and spontaneous gifts."

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And as an added incentive ... AV is even offering to throw down cash "to purchase these stolen pieces and subsequently put them on public display so that the world can enjoy these creations."

Banksy couldn't be reached for comment. Because he's Banksy.


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mondo    

Don't do it...don't give it back yet...Wait!!! Even though it's stolen. It may be worth some "Serious Coin" some day!!!!! As long as it,s Signed.

1250 days ago
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kr    

what a loser. He steals other people's art and makes them lewd and stupid and meaningless. Only thing they show is that the artist is no artist, fcked in the head and a loser. No one want this stupid loser art. I'm sure he loves pedophilia too. Get off my tmz!

1250 days ago
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Brooke    

What the hell does this have to do with pedophilia, kr?

1250 days ago
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Ava    

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1250 days ago
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Brooke    

How can someone cut out a piece of a wall and carry it away without anyone noticing until it's done?

1250 days ago
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BB    

Banksy is the most overrated hack in the entire art world. I can't take anybody serious who considers this guy some sort of visionary.

1250 days ago
7.

Hello is anybody in there?    

How about do the art on a portrait like everyone else instead of a wall.Probably in the black market by now amazing what thefts can do how the hell did they cut it off the wall and moved it that fast?

1250 days ago
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PaulWS    

This d-bag putting his graffiti everywhere is not art.

1250 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

say it aint so charlie brown

1250 days ago
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Robellis    

OK, so lets get this straight...

He vandalized peoples' property with intellectual property of OTHER people and he has some claim that it was stolen?

Tell you what - let Bansky stand trial for vandalism and copyright infringement, and then when he has paid his debt for those two crimes, then he can follow suit with complaining about someone stealing his 'art'.

F you, Bansky. You suck the melon.

1250 days ago
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Oval Beach    

Wow..if this is considered "art" then I have a 4 yo niece that will be bringing me some serious bank. Is the art world serious? WTF...how overrated can a person get...it isn't even good enough to be graffiti THAT is how overrated and childish his "art" is.

1250 days ago
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NelsonH    

It's graffiti, it comes with the territory. I hate that people steal Banksy's art. It happens frequently since every single piece is worth so much money and there's no security. But -- every other graffiti artist's work is painted over two days after they put up a nice piece. Believe it or not, there are some wonderful works of graffiti art that adorn public places, private places that are abandoned/broken down, and whether it be legal or not, it's still an important movement in the art world.

1250 days ago
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Brad    

Anybody that thinks this graffiti is art is a real douchebag. These are the same people that would join cults or think the Jersey Shore people are really cool.

1250 days ago
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Jason    

@11 - He isn't the one filing a complaint u d-bag... the people who own the property and members of the community are requesting the graffiti art back.

O_O read with your eyes..

1250 days ago
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Hello is anybody in there?    

@11 - He isn't the one filing a complaint u d-bag... the people who own the property and members of the community are requesting the graffiti art back.

O_O read with your eyes..

Posted at 5:07 AM on Mar 22, 2011 by Jason

No the blog site AllVoices.com Editorial Staff and Management is filing the complaint to the community to find the guys who stole it.Where did you read the owner of the property wants it back?

O_O read with your eyes...

1250 days ago
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