A Banksy mural has been ripped from a wall has sold for a rumoured £2 million.
The move has caused outrage among residents of the seaside town where people had been coming to visit the areas specifically to see the mural.
Depicting a child with a crowbar next to a sandcastle, the piece of art was created on the wall of an old electrical shop in Lowestoft, Suffolk in August last year.
Gary and Nadine Schwartz own the building and decided to remove it and sell it privately.
The Deputy Town Mayor called the move to sell the art a 'shame' that the landlords decided to ‘profit off something that wasn’t for them’.
Incredible news! We are beyond excited that the artworks have been confirmed to be by #Banksy, one of the world’s greatest artists. This is a huge boost for Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and East Suffolk... pic.twitter.com/6rUz2KkhRf
— East Suffolk Council (@EastSuffolk) August 13, 2021
‘Crowbar Girl’ was one of 10 pieces created in Norfolk and Suffolk as part of a series by Banksy.
The former electrical shop had originally been on the market for £300,000 when the work appeared and shortly after was relisted for £500,000.
It had been rumoured that the artwork was shipped to the prestigious Julien’s Auctions in California, US.
It has now been revealed that it never left the United Kingdom and was instead sold to a private buyer for an undisclosed price.