Fresh graffiti daubed on Folkestone Banksy wall

Fresh graffiti on the Folkestone site where the Banksy mural was removed Fresh graffiti has appeared on the wall where the original Banksy mural was removed

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Fresh graffiti has appeared on a Kent amusement arcade wall where there used to be a Banksy mural.

The words "Banksy woz ere?" were daubed on the wall in Payers Park, Folkestone.

The original stencilled artwork, Art Buff, showed a woman wearing headphones and staring at an empty plinth - but it was defaced with a cartoon penis.

Art Buff was then removed to be restored and sold in Miami where it forms part of a major show of Banksy images at Context Art Miami art sale.

The Banksy mural appeared at the end of September and clear plastic sheeting was placed over the piece to protect it.

Two weeks later, council workers were called to clean the work after it was defaced.

The work was put up for sale after the building owners, the Godden family, were no longer prepared to carry the burden of protecting the work, art dealer Robin Barton said.

Its removal led to upset in the community and an appeal from Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins to reinstate it.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey also said he hoped the artwork would be returned.

But Mr Barton confirmed the piece would be sold for about £470,000 with the proceeds going to the Jim Godden Memorial Cancer Trust which was set up in memory of the local businessman whose widow owns the wall.

Shepway council has said the building owners are now responsible for any new graffiti which appears.

The mural called Art Buff is on a wall in Payer Park in Folkestone The image appeared on a wall in Payers Park in Folkestone during the town's Triennial Festival
Defaced Banksy image The Banksy mural was defaced two weeks after it appeared when a penis was added

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