Seems this story has kicked off today, an ‘a Banksy painted over in Glastonbury‘ classic.
The political piece in Glastonbury, said to be worth £5,000, was painted on a wall two years ago and shows an image of Paddington Bear captioned “Migration is not a crime”.
But well-meaning volunteers covered over the precious image as part of the town council’s drive to rid the area of graffiti, the authority admitted.
‘Migration is not a crime’ stencil with Paddington Bear? The one that’s occasionally appeared all over Bristol for a good few years now?
It’s not a Banksy.
Shame for the guy that’s had it painted over, got a photo somewhere of one by Bar 130 in Bristol that’s been carefully painted round. But really, who valued this at £5,000? Given street pieces can’t be authenticated and don’t sell?
Worth bearing in mind that this is the third time a story in the Western Daily Press and its associated papers has misidentified a Banksy in Glastonbury ( here, here and here), and the second time the Guardian’s picked up on it too (here and here). Really, if you want to run a story on a graf piece, give it at least a bit of research first. There’s people out there to help.