A man on Antiques Roadshow stole a Banksy design and later attempted to get it valued on the show.
The art in question showcases a cartoon rat holding onto a power drill, and had been found at the Saltdean Lido in Brighton.
In previously unseen footage as part of The Best Of The Summer compilation show, the man told art expert Rupert Maas he had taken the design from a wall without permission, and was appearing in the hopes of finding out how much it was worth.
He explained: ‘I used to live in Brighton in the late 90s, early 2000s, and I was walking along the Brighton seafront when I saw it on the Lido.
As Rupert asked the man what he wanted to know about the art, he responded: ‘I know what it is, I know what year it was, it was around 2004, I’m basically just trying to get a valuation of it.’
However, Rupert pointed out that Banksy ‘manages his brand very, very carefully’ and that you can apply online for a certificate of authenticity of his work, with one being issued if the art is indeed the real deal.
He also states that a certificate can also only be given if Banksy and his team believe that ‘the work has not been removed from the public domain for which it was painted, and into the private’.
When asked if he had tried to obtain a certificate in the past, the man said: ‘I have yes. They said they couldn’t claim if it was an original Banksy.
‘I know it’s real, because Brighton was hit quite a bit by Banksy when he was down there around that time.’
Rupert then told him: ‘I think the message is, if you do see a piece of graffiti art out there, leave it for the public. I’m not lecturing you, I’m just saying, but without that certificate, it’s just very difficult to sell.
Over on Twitter, fans of the show couldn’t believe what they had just witnessed, with one commenting: ‘The cheek of nicking a Banksy and then going on the #antiquesroadshow to get it valued.’
The cheek of nicking a Banksy and then going on the #antiquesroadshow to get it valued.
#antiquesroadshow that Poor guy with a Banksy and no provenance letter, his Poor disappointed face, worthless without a letter, 20.000 with, ouch!
Man on #antiquesroadshow who nicked a #Banksy from public domain tries not to look gutted when told it’s worth nothing, because the artist won’t verify it. Wonder how many Â£k he’ll get for it?
@bbcsoutheast This man on #antiquesroadshow admits he stole a Banksy off a wall in Brighton how do we get it back?! It’s worth 20k pic.twitter.com/PmnIQqcEtv
Nicely handled Rupert Maas #antiquesroadshow I canâ????t honest believe the brazenness of that guy asking for his stolen Banksy to be valued. ð ???? ¤ @BBC_ARoadshow
Another added: ‘#antiquesroadshow that poor guy with a Banksy and no provenance letter, his poor disappointed face, worthless without a letter, 20.000 with, ouch!’
One other viewer chimed in: ‘Man on #antiquesroadshow who nicked a #Banksy from public domain tries not to look gutted when told it’s worth nothing, because the artist won’t verify it.’
Host Fiona Bruce later revealed this wasn’t the first time Banksy had appeared on the series – in 2014, another piece of work the graffiti artist had painted on the door of a local boys’ club in Bristol had been brought in to be inspected.
It ended up selling for £400,000, with the design even coming with a note from Banksy himself, who said he was ‘chuffed to help out’.
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