Banksy's No Ball Games mural removed from Tottenham wall

 
The 'No Ball Games' piece in situ The artwork was removed on Thursday said a nearby office worker

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A mural by street artist Banksy showing two children playing with a "no ball games" sign has been cut out of a wall in Tottenham, north London.

The graffiti, which appeared on the side of a shop at the junction of Tottenham High Road and Philip Lane in 2009, is to be sold for charity.

Janet Cooke, who works nearby, said an "iconic bit of Tottenham" had gone.

The firm managing the sale - the Sincura Group - said it had not been appreciated in situ.

'Beautiful piece'

Events company Sincura Group also put the Banksy mural Slave Labour up for auction in June.

The Sincura Group supplied a video of the brickwork being transported The brickwork with the mural has been separated into three pieces

The artwork, showing a boy making union jack bunting on a sewing machine, was taken from a wall in Wood Green, north London, in February.

It had been sprayed on to the side of a discount store just before the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

The group's director Tony Baxter said he had been approached and asked if he could manage the sale of No Ball Games.

He declined to say who approached him.

He said the piece, one of Banksy's largest, had to be removed in three pieces.

The last section featuring a girl will be removed later, he said.

'Community landmark'
The wall on Friday morning Tony Baxter said the girl section of the mural would be removed later

He said the artwork had been defaced a number of times and people's view of it had been spoilt by renovation work in the area and a "pylon" being placed in front of it with a security camera.

He said it would be restored over six months before being auctioned in spring next year with profits going to charity.

He added: "It's a beautiful piece."

Mrs Cooke, of Cooke Estates, said she saw workers plastering both sides of the wall on Thursday.

"Everybody knew it around here and went to have a look at it. It was a little iconic bit of Tottenham," she said.

"Now it's going to be famous for being a place where a Banksy was once."

Councillor Alan Strickland of Haringey Council said he was "very disappointed" that a "community landmark" had been removed.

Haringey Trades Council secretary Keith Flett said: "The Banksy was an important cultural feature of the area and if it has been removed it will be another indication that local people's wishes come second to the interests of profit."

 

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    Comment number 82.

    I resent the suggestion that this artwork, 'had not been appreciated in situ'. I live in Tottenham and passed this artwork daily. I, and I'm sure many others, did appreciate it and am saddened to see it go. That said, I am heartened that profits from the sale are going to a local Haringey children's charity. I just hope that that's the bulk of the profits and not just a small portion.

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    Comment number 59.

    I belong to the Art Fund. If they can exhort us to save boring old Titians for the nation, surely they could get us to club together to save some Banksy pieces, that are more popular, witty and seen by many more people than the elitist stuff, great and admirable though it is. Typical: capitalism will always find a way of making profits for the few to the detriment of the many.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 37.

    You only need to watch Banksy's own brilliant film Exit Through the Gift Shop to see what a joke the street art movement has become.
    Banksy was (arguably) a cutting edge artist 10 years ago - why are these idiots willing to pay big money for it now? Surely the 'cool factor' has worn off
    Councils need to wake up to the fact that this stuff has a social and monitary value and should be protected!

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    Comment number 15.

    Personally I think Banksy is now such a famous artist worldwide that all his pieces should be heavily protected by the council and should never be allowed for sale unless with permission of Banksy himself. His art belongs on British streets so that all can see and tourists can visit, not in a millionaires penthouse abroad.

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    Comment number 9.

    Perhaps Banksy's artworks should all receive a listed status, then it would be illegal to remove them.

 

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