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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.


The people who run the user-generated news blog 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."


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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Just Graffiti to me so break that into piece and dump it.

1280 days ago


It's not what Banksy does, but how he does it -- and that in itself is post modern art at its best.

Banksy is laughing at all of us:) People are defacing buildings that he all ready defaced! Truly a poignant commentary on our times!

Fascinating stuff when you really think about it.

1280 days ago


Hey like him or hate him he gets every talking. "tonyclifton - graffiti artist he is not..." What it is a graffiti artists smart guy enlighten us.

1280 days ago


All you haters on here bashing banksy and saying he isnt a graffiti artist or isnt a visionary artist are ignorant fools who have no idea what they are talking about, Graffiti is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Considering graffiti has been acknowledge around the world as a legitimate art form that makes banksy an artist. He often uses other peoples art work in his own way as parodies, let alone has more original artwork then copied. As far as being a visionary, he uses complex stencils to put up a detailed piece using spray paint in under 15 minutes in high profile spots the most graffiti artists wouldnt have the balls to attempt, not to mention he is still ANONYMOUS! so all you art nerds who think that graffiti aint progressing, realize that bankys art is highly focused weapons pointed right towards you.

1280 days ago


I can tell you how they did it because I shot the video. They lied. They claimed to be the property management and proceeded in broad daylight. We tried to inform ebay that the art on auction was stolen once we found out. Ebay declined taking the auction down without a police report. We also tried to file a police report, but the police dept. stated that we couldn't because we were not the proptery owners.

1279 days ago


all he made was a stencil.. my grandfather can do that... do a 8 color throwie over a bridge like "AYER, ZESER OR OZIE".. Thats graffitti. not stencils...

1279 days ago


@JOHN do you not realize banksy used to do 8 color throwies all the time even on bottom of boat tankers. Stencils are a hybrid form of graffiti, sorry he just doesnt write his name everywhere and actually has **** to say, whats your name gonna make people think, if ur gonna get up for everyone to see have it be something worth saying instead of just throwing up your name over and over and over again, Progress yourself..

1279 days ago

not the theif    

i know who stole the piece. he paid the owner of building for it then diamond cut it out. PEST CONTROL WILL NEVER APPROVE IT though

1260 days ago
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