One of Banksy's most heralded recent works has been pulled off the north London wall it was originally spray-painted onto. Scaffolding went up around the image this week, and soon it had been broken in three and removed, to the consternation of neighborhood residents, the Guardian reports. The extraction turns out to have been the work of the Sincura Group, an upmarket "concierge" service with the motto "acquiring access to the inaccessible."
Sincura says the work, a spray-painting of two stenciled children chasing a floating sign reading "No Ball Games," has been "salvaged for restoration" so that no one can deface it. It intends to have the work headline an exhibition next year, before auctioning it off for charity. Sincura wouldn't say who hired it to remove the piece. Sincura was the same company behind the controversial recent removal of another Banksy, titled Slave Labour, which sold last month for more than a million dollars.