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- A Banksy was stolen from Paris’ Bataclan theatre at the weekend.
- The mural is thought to pay homage to the 90 people who died in a terrorist attack at the venue.
- “Banksy’s work, a symbol of remembrance and belonging to everyone – locals, Parisians, citizens of the world – was taken from us,” theatre staff announced.
On Saturday, the Bataclan theatre in Paris announced on Twitter that a Banksy which had been painted on its door had been stolen.
The notorious artist is thought to have painted the woman wearing a veil as a tribute to the 90 people who were killed in a terrorist attack at the theatre in November 2015.
“It’s a deep sadness that moves us today,” the tweet says. “Banksy’s work, a symbol of remembrance and belonging to everyone – locals, Parisians, citizens of the world – was taken from us.”
— Bataclan (@bataclan_) January 26, 2019
According to Reuters, the thieves stole the door and drove off in a van.
Banksy’s illusive nature and the scarcity and mystery of his works means they sell for a great deal when they crop up. Earlier this month, a mural on a garage in Port Talbot, Wales sold for more than £100,000 ($129,000).
Last October, a piece called “Girl With Balloon” sold for $1.4 million, then spontaneously shredded itself when the auction ended.