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Ron English spent $730,000 on a Banksy painting just to paint over it

by Maurice Pendarvis |

In a true a boss move, artist Ron English bought the classic Banksy piece titled "Slave Labour." Originally painted on the side of a Poundland (like a dollar store) which allegedly was protesting against sweatshops hired to produce souvenirs for the London Olympics. 

Here are some snippets from his with Sky News.

“My idea for this painting is to whitewash it for my good pal Banksy, I only wish I could’ve spent more money for it.” He also stated that street art “shouldn’t be bought and sold.”

English also added, “I’m going to paint over it and just include it in one of the walls in my house,” English continued. “We’re tired of people stealing our stuff off the streets and re-selling it so I’m just going to buy everything I can get my hands on and whitewash it.”

He then winked, “Of course I’ll sell the whitewash painting for a million dollars. I’m crazy but I’m not stupid.”



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