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Three Melbourne Banksy pieces destroyed

A Banksy artwork in Prahran has pipes put through it in 2012.
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Three stencils by acclaimed international street artist Banksy in a Melbourne laneway have been destroyed.

The stencils were destroyed to make way for a new door.

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The door (featuring the black stencilled Banksy piece) before its destruction. Photo: Facebook

Three Banksy works were recently destroyed in AC/DC Lane and the rubble thrown into a skip, tour company Melbourne Walks has reported on its Facebook page.

“Australia’s largest remaining group of Banksy street art stencils was recently destroyed,” posted the company on Facebook.

“A new doorway in ACDC lane destroyed the three iconic works even though their location was well known to the Melbourne arts community.

“The rubble was mindlessly loaded into a skip.

“Two more Banksy stencils two metres away were previously destroyed in 2014. Five Banksy in three years.

In 2014, two Banksy stencils in the same lane were destroyed, while in 2012, another Banksy piece had piping forced through it. 

Melbourne Walks owner Meyer Eidelson accused the City of Melbourne of destroying its heritage for money.

“Towers and more towers everywhere are shoving more people into an overcrowded city.

“Have you ever heard of a city that destroys the remains of hundreds of its founders for money?”

Mr Eidelson cited the city council’s plans to surround the heritage-listed Queen Victoria Market with apartment towers after bypassing height restrictions.

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