Back here we reported on a piece of art that had been mistaken as rubbish and thrown out. Now it appears that a similar fate has befallen one of Banksy's works – albeit not for the first time.
Gorilla in a Pink Mask had graced the outer wall of a building in Eastville, Bristol for 10 years until it was recently covered in emulsion by the new owner of the building. Unfortunately, it seems that he was not aware that he was destroying an extremely valuable artwork.
But does anyone have the right to complain or a cause of action to prevent such acts? After all it was the owner's wall to paint over - was it not?
This is likely to reignite one of the main controversies over Banksy's outdoor works that because he uses private properties as his canvas, it is often difficult to ascribe ownership of the works and to protect and preserve them. Any suggestions as to how his art could be protected?