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Thousands of prints by London street artist STIK, intended for free distribution to residents of his neighborhood to boost their morale during the pandemic, have been stolen and then resold on the internet, police said on Tuesday. The graffiti artist based in Hackney, in the north-east of the capital, had planned to distribute to local households 100,000 posters featuring his work Holding hands , a sculpture installed in a square in the neighborhood which shows two stick figures - typical of his style - holding hands.
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" These works were conceived as a gift for the inhabitants of Hackney ", lamented STIK, who keeps the mystery about his identity as his compatriot Banksy and whose works sell for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars. euros at auction.
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After the difficult confinement of spring, the posters were to be distributed in the monthly magazine edited by the local authorities and each household was to receive its copy with the September edition. " It quickly became clear that a large number of residents had not received their copy," London police said in a statement. The artist's studio then noticed that his posters, printed at the artist's expense, were sold in large quantities on the internet.
“ It appears at this point that somewhere in the supply and distribution chain boxes containing thousands of copies of the poster have been taken without permission and resold ,” said James Readman, a police officer in charge of the investigation. Police called for the posters to be returned. Over 1000 prints, purchased on the internet by unsuspecting fans, have already been returned when these buyers learned that the way they acquired them did not reflect " the spirit in which the artist " had thought of this project, specifies the press release.
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