Banksy's new Bristol work, Pierced Eardrum, vandalised

Banksy's Pierced Eardrum with paint thrown over it
Image caption The work was vandalised overnight on Tuesday

A new mural by street artist Banksy in Bristol has been vandalised less than 24 hours after the work appeared.

The image, a parody of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, was found on Hanover Place near the city's harbour.

Girl with a Pierced Eardrum incorporates an alarm box as the model's earring.

On Tuesday, the work was found with dark paint thrown across the bottom of the woman's face.

Image copyright Banksy
Image caption The mural, on Hanover Place, as it looked on Monday

Banksy's last work in the city was Mobile Lovers, which appeared in a doorway in Clement Street in April.

A row broke out over who owned it, with Bristol City Council arguing the work was on its land.

However, Banksy wrote to Broad Plain Boys' Club saying it was theirs and the club sold it to a private collector for £403,000.

But the anonymous graffiti artist's new mural is not the first to have been vandalised in his home town.

In 2009, red paint was thrown over Mild Mild West on Stokes Croft prompting calls for the piece - one of Banksy's most famous - to be protected with a clear plastic covering.

And months later the Hanging Man, at the bottom of Park Street, was damaged with blue paint. Both pieces were successfully restored.

Image caption Banksy's Mild Mild West is among the artist's work to have been vandalised

But one work that could not be saved was painted close to the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

The image, featuring a police sniper about to be surprised by a boy bursting a paper bag, was painted over after black paint destroyed the image.

Image caption The police sniper image was lost after black paint was daubed over it

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