Theft of Banksy's Trolley Hunter print from Toronto exhibition investigated

Theft of Banksy's Trolley Hunter print from Toronto exhibition investigated

Theft of Banksy's Trolley Hunter print from Toronto exhibition investigated

A surveillance video shows a man with half of his face covered, cautiously entering an art exhibit in Toronto and then darting away clutching a Banksy print. "The incident was reported to the police who are now investigating the disappearance", Corey Ross, president of Starvox Exhibits, confirmed in a statement Thursday.

Police in Toronto described the man as "wearing glasses, black jacket, green camouflage baseball hat, blue jeans rolled at the cuff, grey running shoes, and glasses". They say the stolen work is worth about $45,000.

The artist is known for his street pieces infused with political and social commentary, and his work that has gained him an global fan base.

Marketed as "the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled", with over eighty works totaling $35 million, the show, whose admission fee is around $27, is unendorsed by Banksy and has faced criticism due to the anonymous street artist's famous anti-capitalist ethos.

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The arts promotion company behind the show confirmed that the print went missing during the setup of the exhibition, which opened this week. It displays more than 80 works.

Lazarides - who hasn't spoken to the artist in a decade - said: "This isn't a Banksy exhibition, it is an exhibition of Banksy's art and I think there's a big difference between the two".

Banksy artworks often appear overnight, but they don't tend to disappear, as a print from an exhibition in Canada has done. "She said the thief may have taken only one Banksy piece out of fear of discovery".

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