In what has proven to be a costly and embarrassing blunder, hotel builders recently painted over millions of pounds worth of artist Banksy’s artwork at a five-star resort in Jamaica, presuming it was graffiti.
It is owned by British music industry executive, Jon Baker, who is a friend of elusive Bristol-born artist Banksy, who recently opened a hotel himself in Jerusalem. Banksy has become the most famous graffiti artist in the world, but he never reveals his true identity.
When he stayed at the resort in 2006, Banksy painted 11 of his signature stencilled rats throughout the hotel as a gift. However, workmen freshening up the hotel assumed the artwork was graffiti and they painted over five original stencils on the outside of the building.
They used two thick coats of white paint, and the cost to remove it could be as much as £120,000, but even at that, there is no guarantee that the artwork can ever be returned to its original splendour.
Naturally both the workmen and the hotel owner have been left highly embarrassed by the incident, which will also come as a disappointment to guests as the rats were highly popular at the resort. Might be time for a return trip to enjoy some Caribbean sunshine, Banksy!
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