"The art at Art Series Hotels is not for stealing. But this Summer, we’re shifting the goalposts and hiding a Banksy in one of our Hotels for you to steal. The $15,000 masterpiece is one of just a handful of signed and authenticated Banksys available in Australia. Find it, as it does the rounds of our hotels, and it could be yours...
The Banksy No Ball Games was successfully “stolen” from the Blackman Hotel this morning (Monday 19th) at 8:05AM by Maura Tuohy and her accomplice Megan Aney. The theft was carried out in classic art crook style- right under our noses. (Not to fear we have another one. See below.) Excellent work Maura and Megan, we commend you.
Maura Tuohy checked into the hotel on Saturday night pretending to be from an Art Series Hotel agency. She claimed she worked with various members of the agency team and told hotel staff that she was asked to drive the painting to another hotel.
Highly suspicious staff asked for a number to phone in order to verify her story. Tuohy provided the number of her accomplice, Megan Aney, who verified the story. After a dozen more questions she then walked the artwork right out of the hotel with the help of the hotel staff, put it in her car, and returned 15 minutes later to brag about her cunning and guile. Excellent work.
The heist was a success and followed several failed attempts by other hotel guests including the hacking of three CCTV cameras focused on the Banksy, a listening device being placed underneath the desk at Reception and guests phoned Reception with housekeeping issues in an attempt to get them to step away from the painting.
The Next Banksy
A second Banksy original “Pulp Fiction” valued at $4000 is now hanging. You have until January 15th to steal it. Remember rule number two from our competition terms: Be cool - art thieves are always cool.
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May 16, 2013 13:18:21 GMT 1
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258: im after vna's 8, 9 & 11, does anyone know anyone selling them? cheers
May 16, 2013 10:21:30 GMT 1
siankisses: [br]FOR SALE – thegiant.org/wiki/index.php/Guns_and_Roses_Offset - signed,numbered 135 of 750. black mount & black gallery frame, purchased from Artrepublic in 2007. I am looking for £350 or a sensible offer. Buyer to collect from London, SE1.
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