Australian Street Cleaners Destroy Famed Graffiti

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The mayor of Melbourne, Australia, just wanted clean streets. She sent out cleanup crews and they painted over some graffiti. They also painted over a priceless stencil of a rat by celebrated British graffiti artist Banksy.


Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The mayor of Melbourne, Australia just wanted clean streets. So she sent out cleanup crews and they painted over some graffiti. When they found a mural of a rat wearing a parachute, they painted right over that too. Although it turns out it wasn't ordinary graffiti. It was the work of a celebrated artist known as Banksy. Banksy's work has sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars - when it's not painted over. The city has since apologized for the mistake.

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