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ROBBING THE BANKSY

A gang of thieves disguised themselves as workman to steal the door of a derelict
building, painted by guerilla artist Banksy. The Bristol-based artist had daubed a
painting on the door as part of his hometown’s biennial celebrations in 2004. The
gang tried to get the door, known as the Liverpool Love Rat, off its hinges but they
were scared away by a group of cleaners. Jane Mills, Director of Jacaranda Developments,
which owns the building, said: “These men just turned up dressed like builders and
carrying tools. They tried to get the door off but it is very heavy and I think they
were struggling. One of our cleaners spotted them and asked them what they were doing
and they just ran off.” Banksy paintings have been sold for up to £62,400. The door
has now been moved to a secret location.

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