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Banksy pink gorilla graffiti mistakenly painted over.

Banksy’s gorilla in a pink mask appeared on the wall of the former ex North Bristol Social Club in Eastville had been a familiar landmark for more than 10 years.

The building has recently been turned into a Muslim cultural centre.

New owner Saeed Ahmed assumed it was a regular piece of graffiti and had it painted over. “I thought it was worthless,” he said.

He added: “I didn’t know it was valuable and that’s why I painted over it. I really am sorry if people are upset.”

The wall was whitewashed by the new owner of the building who had never heard of Banksy
Local resident Dean Meadows described the whitewashing of the painting as a “big, big shame”.

“It’s currently being shared around the world on Twitter, so hopefully Banksy will hear and replace it himself,” he said.

Mr Ahmed said he was willing to explore options to see if the whitewash can be removed and the painting restored.

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