Banksy and more art defaced by dicks

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Monday 13 October 2014 14:50
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A vandal has spray-painted a cartoon penis on a Banksy mural in Folkestone, Kent, just two weeks after it was, ahem, erected by the artist.

However, this is not the first time a piece of artwork has been defaced by such a juvenile act...

Little Mermaid

The statue commemorating Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale has been defaced a number of times with paint, was once blown up, and in 2006 had a sex toy attached to its hand.

Duchamp's Fountain

Pierre Pinoncelli (above) was handed a €214,000 (£173,000) fine in 2006 after attacking the porcelain urinal with a hammer - he had also attempted to urinate in it in Nimes, 1993.

The Bay, Helen Frankenthaler

A 12-year-old boy defaced the abstract painting worth an estimated $1.5m (£930k) by sticking a piece of chewing gum to it in a gallery in Detroit, Michigan.

The Portland Vase

Created around 5 AD, the Portland Vase was smashed by a drunken William Lloyd in 1845. He was asked to pay a three pound fine or risk two months in prison.

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