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Stolen Banksy mural found in Italy

Stolen Banksy mural found in Italy”

Cult street artist Banksy's tribute to the 2015 Bataclan massacre survivors, stolen from outside the Paris theatre in January previous year, was presented at a press conference on Thursday after being found in the attic of a farmhouse near Teramo in Abruzzo. It depicts a sad-looking veiled figure looking down, and is believed to be a tribute to the survivors of that attack.

Italian prosecutor Michele Renzo said he is confident the artwork will be returned to Paris.

But six months later, in January 2019, it was stolen by a group of thieves who used angle grinders to remove it from the door it was painted on.

Italian authorities said the artwork was found in an abandoned farmhouse in the eastern region of Abruzzo.

Magistrates in the central Italian city of L'Aquila said the mural was recovered on Wednesday morning from an attic.

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The illusive artist painted it on the door of the Bataclan music hall in Paris in 2018 for the third anniversary of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attack that claimed 130 lives throughout the city, 90 inside the theater.

They said it had been "hidden well" in the attic.

Banksy, who keeps his real identity secret, has become one of the most distinctive personalities of the modern art scene with a series of witty artworks in public places that mix street art techniques with powerful political points.

He also proposed a new presentation of the toppling of 17th century slave owner Edward Colston that was brought down by protesters in the artist's home city of Bristol.



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