HOLIDAYMAKER Jean Cooke has been left disappointed after she thought she’d discovered a piece of art by Banksy in Shanklin.
She was on a coach trip from Morecombe in Lancashire with friends Liz Wilson and Mary Davis when the trio discovered the artwork on a walk along the Esplanade from Shanklin towards Sandown.
Jean sent a photo of the artwork in to the County Press, who ran it past Banksy’s authenticators, Pest Control.
“This is not by the artist Banksy” was the swift response.
Jean said: “I hoped I’d discovered a Banksy and I’m so disappointed it’s not.
“It would have been nice to discover one. If I hadn’t phoned up the County Press and mentioned it, I would never have known the truth.
“It’s a very good take-off.”
The stencil graffiti is in the style of Banksy’s famous 2002 artwork Girl With Balloon, but with a Bitcoin symbol in the balloon.
In 2010, the Isle of Wight Council made national headlines when it painted over some artwork attributed to Banksy.
The council said at the time: “We are not the first local authority to remove Banksy’s work from council property and I’m sure won’t be the last. As a council, we are not art critics, we have a duty to remove unauthorised graffiti, especially following complaints from residents, as was the case in Shanklin.”