Valuable Banksy Street Art Stolen From East Los Angeles Wall (Photos)
Photos by Ted Soqui.
British guerrilla artist Banksy was robbed, and it wasn't at the Academy Awards, where is Exit Through the Gift Shop documentary was nominated but didn't win Sunday.
No, another one of his pieces around L.A. was taken down. But this one appears to have been stolen outright. (His 'Livin the Dream' piece on a Vegas-themed billboard owned by CBS Outdoor was taken down by the company and crumpled up in mid-February).
LA Weekly photographer Ted Soqui reports on his blog that someone (or ones) appeared to have sawed out his "Caution" piece at East First and Soto streets in Boyle Heights. It happened ...
Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Hornets - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Feb. 26, 6:30pm
Los Angeles Lakers v Charlotte Hornets - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsTue., Feb. 28, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Houston Rockets - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsWed., Mar. 1, 7:30pm
UCLA Bruins Men's Baseball vs. University of Michigan Wolverines Baseball
TicketsFri., Mar. 3, 6:00pm
" ... in broad daylight" on Friday, Soqui reports.
Banksy's has had a rough ride in L.A. as he has ninja-footed around town, putting up his signature -- and some say six-figure -- stencil and graffiti art.
'Caution:' Art hole in Boyle Heights.
One Friday before this piece was taken it appears that someone vandalized his "Crayon Soldier" piece in Westwood.
'Caution' is a play on those undocumented crossing signs on interstate 5.
And then, last week the Academy Awards folks disinvited the artist: He's known to show up to events incognito, even among a crew of costumed people whose identities are cloaked, and they couldn't have that for security reasons.
But who knows if Banksy thinks his trip to L.A. was a wash. He's fairly hard to pin down, and he almost got more press than Charlie Sheen this month. And it's not like his name, reputation or artwork are any less valuable after his romp.
But Angelenos might feel a little teased: All that art, out in public. Now some of it will be as elusive as Banksy himself.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.