Banksy: Hula-hooping girl removed and sold for ‘six figures’

A Banksy artwork has been removed from the side of a building in Nottingham in the UK and sold to a collector.

The mural, which depicts a girl hula-hooping with a bicycle tyre, appeared on a residential street in October.

The “slab of brick” was seen being cut from the wall. An area resident said workmen were “drilling into the wall” in the early hours. The artwork was then seen being loaded into the back of a van.

Gallery owner John Brandler said he paid a “six-figure sum” for the piece, and wanted to help preserve it, as well as put it on display.

Brandler said the workers were part of a “very specialised company” which had removed Banksy art before. He added he is now sending it to Scotland to be restored.

The collector owns a number of the elusive artist’s pieces, including Seasons Greetings, which he bought from a garage in 2019. He claimed he had saved the Nottingham artwork “in time” before damp could cause damage.

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