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Banksy's Rat


Back in 2004 the Urban Graffiti Artist Banksy visited Liverpool for the Liverpool Biennial and lef us with a giant rat on the side of the Whitehorse public house in Berry Street. In th eintervening years the pub closed down and the council tried to cover the artwork up but public opion was such that there decision was overtuned. There has been a bit of vandalism in that the marker pen body with Banksy's signature on it has dissapeared but otherwise it is largely original.

The Whitehouse Pub is a Grade II listed building and up for sale at a price of about half a million, it is believed that the Banksy could add significantly to the price but perhaps not in this current climate.

Banksy's Rat


Back in 2004 the Urban Graffiti Artist Banksy visited Liverpool for the Liverpool Biennial and lef us with a giant rat on the side of the Whitehorse public house in Berry Street. In th eintervening years the pub closed down and the council tried to cover the artwork up but public opion was such that there decision was overtuned. There has been a bit of vandalism in that the marker pen body with Banksy's signature on it has dissapeared but otherwise it is largely original.

The Whitehouse Pub is a Grade II listed building and up for sale at a price of about half a million, it is believed that the Banksy could add significantly to the price but perhaps not in this current climate.

comments (7)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Dec 2008, 07:00
Very interesting thought that the Banksy can add to the price. That would imply the ability to preserve the art work during a restoration. It leaves me wondering how on earth they will accomplish that.

Great pictue, maybe you can sell it to the buyers.
Les Auld: I think the artwork has had a touch of restoration already, thanks for the comment Louis.
Banksy has becoming very commercial now ... has his images published in books and is having official exibitions ... maybe capitalism and the establishment is beginning to get to him ... ££££££ signs
richard
Les Auld: Definitely becoming the in-thing Richard, thanks for the comment.
Despite the graffiti this building really does look a bit life expired Les.
Les Auld: Someone may love it enough to buy it though Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • blackdog
  • The White Room
  • 19 Dec 2008, 17:06
Looks like we both have a Banksy up today - how strange is that? ;o)
Les Auld: Great minds Michael, thanks for the comment.
You have to say he is an accomplished artist.
Les Auld: Would agree with that Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 19 Dec 2008, 23:59
Hmm, interesting information there Les. I had no idea his graffiti could add value to a property, maybe I should ask him to add something to our house! wink
Les Auld: Ask him for me as well, although how you describe it in the Housing Information Pack I have no idea. Thanks for the comment.
Very nice capture. Lighting is very good.
Les Auld: Just before the twilight Paul, thanks for the comment.

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