Banksy artworks ruined by fans of rival street artist King Robbo

Two famous Banksy artworks have been destroyed by fans of a rival street artist named King Robbo. One of the two New Orleans-based works, named The Gray Ghost, was daubed with ‘Team Robbo’ after a piece of protective plexiglass was partially removed.

Another painting, called Umbrella Girl, endured even worse damage after being daubed with the same shade of red paint. It had also been placed behind a protective covering which was damaged to inflict the vandalism. Both attacks are believed to have been carried out around Christmas Day.

Local art lover Julie Posner, who discovered the damaged Gray Ghost, said: ‘I could not believe that someone had deliberately cut through plexiglass, into the cement, and then painted red to deface the Banksy. Couldn’t believe it!

‘There are people using the phrase ‘Team Robbo’ and deliberately going around defacing Banksy works of art!

‘I would like to go to the police and charge him with whatever we can, as far as vandalism, and have him have to pay for the cost of the repairs.’

And shop owner Jamal Ayyad, whose business sits next to Umbrella Girl, fears damage to that artwork could also destroy his business.

He told WGNO: ‘This is so bad, I don’t know who did this and why but it’s ridiculous.’

Banksy – an anonymous British street artist who is rumored to be musician Robert Del Naja – traveled to the Big Easy to paint both artworks in 2008.

They were previously damaged after King Robbo, a New Orleans-based street artist, died in 2014, and subsequently repaired.

Umbrella Girl has now been covered-up ahead of further repairs, with The Gray Ghost also set to be restored.

Police are investigating the damage, and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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