A GREEDY property owner has removed an entire WALL of Banksy artwork – before hiding the £200,000 masterpiece away.
The elusive artist created the image of a child holding a crowbar next to a sandcastle in Lowestoft, Suffolk, during a coastal "spraycation" this August.
Workers were seen hacking the artwork from the wall – before a crane loaded it onto a waiting lorry.
The design was spray-painted onto the side of an electric shop, which was on the market for £300,000 at the time.
But, after the world-famous artist made his mark on the wall, the price shot up to £500,000, BBC News reports.
Ten pieces of art were created by Banksy this summer alone.
Taxi driver Rob Hook watched the artwork being carted away to an unknown location.
He told the BBC: "Yesterday they put a lintel in and cut the wall above it – now they've [strengthened] both sides with wood and framing.
"Now they're busy cutting the wall around it… the whole section of wall with the mural on it."
In a statement, East Suffolk Council said: "We have spoken with the landlord of this property who has confirmed the artwork is being removed."
Earlier this month, film legend Christopher Walken painted over a £10million Banksy artwork while filming BBC comedy drama The Outlaws.
The Pulp Fiction star used a roller and magnolia emulsion to cover the artist’s graffiti.
But the shock scene was all part of a plot hatched between the show’s creators and Banksy himself.
The artwork was daubed on a wall of the show’s set in Bristol.
Mystery man Banksy is a fan of Hollywood actor Christopher, 78, and also appreciated that writer Stephen Merchant, 46 — a fellow Bristolian — was showcasing his home city.
A spokesman for the production said: “We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The Outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over that artwork during the filming of this scene, ultimately destroying it.”
The scene in the show, which airs every Monday on BBC1, comes in the final episode which recently went on iPlayer as part of the boxset.
The idea of his artwork being destroyed is a concept that Banksy has explored previously.
In 2018, his Girl with a Balloon image was sold at auction for £1million — and simultaneously went partially through a shredder that Banksy had hidden inside the frame.
It is not known if Banksy approved the removal of his Suffolk design.
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