The million dollar mistake!
The maintenance men at the five-star Geejam hotel in Jamaica thought the paintings were illegal graffiti
THE owners of a boutique hotel in Jamaica are wishing they’d never chosen to do a spring clean after builders painted over several original Banksy paintings worth an estimated £4m.
The five-star Geejam beach hotel had hired the workers to clean up the outside of the building.
But when they came to survey the maintenance work, they discovered that five stencils of the famous Banksy rats had been covered up with thick white paint.
According to the Daily Mail, the builders had thought that the artwork was graffiti and decided to be proactive in covering it up.
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A source told the newspaper: “Banksy is friends with the owners, and has stayed a few times over the years, on an early visit in 2006 he left 11 stencils as a gift, and these proved a huge hit with guests.
“However, over the summer, break builders were called in to spruce up the place and didn’t recognise Banksy’s scrawl.”
The added: “They thought a rogue visitor had debased the walls, and promptly painted over the ones on the outside of the building, when the mistake was realised, they were mortified – as were the owners.”
According to reports, it could cost up to £120,000 to recover the paintings.