Six Reportedly Arrested In France In Connection With Stolen Banksy Painting

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Carlie Porterfield   Forbes U.S. Staff

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Six people have been arrested in France in connection the theft of a mural by British street artist Banksy that was stolen from Paris’ Bataclan concert hall in 2019 and later recovered in Italy earlier this month, sources told Reuters and AFP Saturday.

KEY FACTS

- Sources told AFP that two were charged with theft, four were charged with concealing theft and that all six are being held in pre-trial detention.

- Police in Italy earlier this month recovered the stolen mural in an abandoned farmhouse in Teramo, a city in the Abruzzo region about 90 miles northeast of Rome.

- The mural was cut out and stolen from the Bataclan in one night in 2019, reportedly by a group of people carrying angle grinders who escaped in a truck.

- The image of a mournful veiled figure had been painted on an emergency door of the concert hall, where 90 people died in an attack by Islamic State gunmen in November 2015, and is believed to be the artist’s tribute to the victims of the massacre.

KEY BACKGROUND

Street artist Banksy—who keeps their identity under lock and key—is known for their distinctive spray paint style and for their art popping up in unlikely places, from the West Bank to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The image on the Bataclan door was just one of a series of murals attributed to Banksy that emerged in Paris around June 2018, during a trip the artist said was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 student uprising. The most famous street artist in the world, Banksy pieces have fetched upward of $1 million at auction. 

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Carlie Porterfield   Forbes U.S. Staff

I am a Texas native covering breaking news out of New York City. Previously, I was a Forbes intern in London. I am an alum of City, University of London and Texas State University.