A Banksy mural painted on a fire door at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, which depicted a figure in white with its head bent in mourning, has been stolen. The venue reported the theft on Saturday (January 26) and says that thieves with a van stole the door the night before, according to Reuters.
The artwork was part of a series painted in Paris last June, which often also confronted the refugee crisis. Some were vandalised soon after they were painted; others were protected with glass screens, like the one painted late last year in Wales (which was recently sold for six figures).
The Bataclan mural was thought to commemorate the November 2015 terror attacks on the theatre, in which 90 people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal concert.
“We are today filled with a deep sense of indignation,” reads a Twitter post from the Bataclan. “The work of Banksy, a symbol of contemplation belonging to all - residents, Parisians and citizens of the world - has been taken from us.”