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Who owns graffiti?

Banksy, the controversial graffiti artist, is perhaps unique in his ability to attract widespread praise for acts of criminal damage. With an estimated net worth in excess of $20m (£13m), and a loyal following of fans, he’s doing well for himself. But others are too.

In 2012, a pound shop in Haringey removed a Banksy mural entitled Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) from its wall, and sold it in the US for £750,000. In 2014, a Brighton pub pocketed £345,000 when it sold part of its external wall that featured a mural entitled Kissing Coppers. And a…

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