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A mural by the famous artist Banksy was destroyed when the building it was painted on was demolished.

It’s believed the artwork was valued at almost R23.5 million.

The artwork appeared overnight in the town of Dover in 2017 and features a worker chipping away at one of the 12 yellow stars on the blue European Union (EU) flag. It was the year after Britain voted to leave the union.

The artwork was painted on the Castle Amusements building and was visible from the town’s port, a big gateway into the European Union.

In 2019 someone painted over the artwork with the idea to destroy it. The event happened overnight.

Even though attempts to restore the artwork were attempted, the building was demolished as part of a wider project to regenerate the area.

The Dover City Council denied being involved in the painting-over of the original artwork as well as the demolishing of the building.

A spokesperson for the council said that the contractors had successfully removed some of the stars and a section of the man.

Image credit: BBC

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