A mural, attributed to Banksy, was stolen in a swift overnight heist from the exterior of the Bataclan theater in Paris. According to reports, the work, which was painted on an outside door in 2018, depicts a veiled figure. The image is believed to be a homage to the lives that were lost in the 2015 terror attack in which Islamic State militants killed 90 concertgoers at the Bataclan. This is just one of the many cases in which thieves have destroyed property to obtain an original Banksy.
The Bataclan states that the stolen work, “only has meaning in this place,” and “We are today filled with a deep sense of indignation. The Banksy artwork, a symbol of contemplation belonging to all — residents, Parisians and citizens of the world — has been taken from us.”