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    Gaza man sells bombed-out doorway adorned with Banksy painting for pittance

    A Palestinian man is lamenting his misfortune after selling his bombed-out doorway to a local artist without realising that the image painted on it was by Banksy and could be worth a small fortune.



    Rabea Darduna, a father of six from northern Gaza, said he sold the iron-and-brick doorway of his destroyed house to a local man who offered him 700 shekels ($230) for it.

    Banksy, a British street artist who is famed for his ironic murals in unexpected places, visited Gaza earlier this year and spray-painted an image of a goddess holding her head in her hand on the door.
    If I knew, I would never have sold the door so cheap.

    Rabea Darduna
    The work was one of a handful of paintings he did in Gaza.

    "I had no idea what the value of the painting was or who this Banksy is," a frustrated Mr Darduna said.

    "If I knew, I would never have sold the door so cheap."

    Banksy pieces regularly sell for more than $500,000.

    A mural painted on a shop in London in 2013 sold at a private auction for $1.1 million.

    Banksy, who is from Bristol in the west of England, has never revealed his true identity.

    'It has been my dream to own a piece of Banksy art'


    Mr Darduna said he felt swindled and had been trying to call the man who bought the door but had got no reply.

    "I want to get it back first, and then I can look at offers," he said, pointing out that his house had been destroyed in last year's war and he needed money for rent and his family.

    "Next time I'll sell it as a Banksy painting, not as an old door."

    The local man who bought it, graffiti artist and journalist Belal Khaled, said he had no plans to give the door back and no plans to sell it "at present".
    "I bought the door to preserve the painting and protect it from being removed, spoiled or destroyed," he said.

    Mr Khaled added that he had followed Banksy for a number of years and was inspired by his work.

    "Since I started as a graffiti artist it has been my dream to own a piece of Banksy art."

    Mr Khaled said he told Mr Darduna the painting on his door was by Banksy but it did not seem to register.

    "I will consider offers to display it in international galleries to speak about the suffering of Gaza and the agonies of war," he said.

    Gaza man sells bombed-out doorway adorned with Banksy painting for pittance - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    it might help to have photo of the graffiti and not just the empty space ..


    Bomb Damage, showed Greek goddess Niobe on a door which was the last remaining part of a two-storey house belonging to the Dardouna family.



    Fuck banky anyways , typical politically correct wanker, supporting the filth in Gazza

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    A Palestinian man is lamenting his misfortune ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)[/URL]
    There is no misfortune to lament. The Palestinian idiot sold himself and his family down the river for a 100 quid.

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    Not worth 100 quid anyway, Banksy is PC shite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94 View Post
    Not worth 100 quid anyway, Banksy is PC shite.
    It's 'worth' what someone will pay for it, and that could have been as much as $500,000.

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    Good that it has been sold. The israeli murder machine would have destroyed it soon enough anyway.

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    Banksy was the best goalkeeper we ever had. That save from Pele is still astonishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Good that it has been sold. The israeli murder machine would have destroyed it soon enough anyway.
    you cant murder shitty graffiti

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeysbroke
    The Palestinian idiot sold himself and his family down the river for a 100 quid.
    How do you work out he's an idiot, I have no clue who Banksy is, why the fuck should he?

    I'd imagine that sort of nonsense is irrelevant when you live in a war zone and have probably lost everything you own......

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    Graffiti artist Banksy unmasked ... as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia


    He is perhaps the most famous, or infamous, artist alive. To some a genius, to others a vandal. Always controversial, he inspires admiration and provokes outrage in equal measure.
    Since Banksy made his name with his trademark stencil-style 'guerrilla' art in public spaces - on walls in London, Brighton, Bristol and even on the West Bank barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians - his works have sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds.


    Read more: Graffiti artist Banksy unmasked ... as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia | Daily Mail Online
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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Mr Khaled said he told Mr Darduna the painting on his door was by Banksy but it did not seem to register.
    Doh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    Graffiti artist Banksy unmasked ... as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia | Daily Mail Online
    Gosh, there is a surprise.

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    Would be a great follow up work of art, a-la KLF's million pounds in a suitcase in the Hebrides, to make a video of the 'banksy' door being set on fire and used to toast marshmallows.

    A kind of post-artistic statement on the rather silly semi-religious reverence that is paid to fashionable artists whose reputations far outweigh their talents and the essential nature of graffiti as vandalism.

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