Australian Street Cleaners Destroy Famed Graffiti

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.

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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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