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Banksy 'rat' artwork stolen in Paris

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Banksy 'rat' artwork stolen in Paris
The Banksy artwork was one of several 'rat' stencils in Paris. Photo: AFP
12:03 CEST+02:00
An artwork believed to be by the British graffiti artist Banksy has been stolen in Paris.

The stencil had been on display near the Pompidou Centre in central Paris, where it was protected by a Plexiglass shield, but now it has disappeared.

The image of a masked rat holding a knife was painted on the back of a traffic sign in Paris' 4th arrondissement.

MAP: Where to find the Banksy artworks in Paris


. Centre Pompidou

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Local police confirmed that it had gone missing some time overnight on Sunday, and an investigation is underway.


Banksy, who keeps his identity a closely guarded secret, rarely confirms whether he is behind works of street art, but he had shared an image of the Paris sketch on his Instagram feed back in 2018.

It is not the first of his artworks to be stolen in Paris, earlier this year a painting in homage to terror victims of the 2015 attack was stolen from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were killed in a jihadist attack.

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Jim D - 03 Sep 2019 14:14
If its on the back of a traffic sign or someone else's building it is not art but graffiti, should be taken down/painted over/scrubbed off whatever. And the perpetrator fined. "Banksy" is rather tiresome.
Heather Jacobs - 03 Sep 2019 20:00
Hi guys - I'm not clear on exactly how the piece was stolen. It looks much larger than a street sign and if it was behind plexiglass, how did they break in to get it?
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