Banksy mural painted on Paris theater has been stolen

Lawrence Kim
January 30, 2019

The sad-faced figure of a girl in white had been stencilled on to a door near the emergency exits of the theatre by the famous street artist.

A Banksy artwork created to memorialize the victims of a 2015 terrorist attack in Paris has been stolen, Agence France-Presse reports.

"It's a deep sadness that moves us today", the tweet read. "The work of Banksy, a symbol of contemplation belonging to all - residents, Parisians and citizens of the world - has been taken from us", the Bataclan said on Twitter. Banksy, who is British, had painted it overnight and later acknowledged it as his work, along with a number of other Paris street paintings.

Police confirmed the theft and a police source said: 'In the night from Friday to Saturday, hooded villains came to steal the work before taking it to a truck'.

The Bataclan attack was the most murderous of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people on November 13, 2015.

Ninety people were killed at the Bataclan on November 13, 2015, the deadliest location in a series of coordinated attacks in Paris that targeted bars, restaurants and the sports stadium, leaving 130 people dead in total and hundreds more injured.

More than 100 people were killed across Paris, majority at Bataclan, and another 400 or so were injured, 100 of those seriously.

The murals of Banksy, whose real name remains a secret, have become prized attractions for collectors.

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