Banksy’s stork fading fast on River Lim

Then and now – the Banksy stork has been left to fade on the banks of the River Lim over the past seven years (photos by Richard Austin)

THE image caused quite a splash when it mysteriously appeared overnight in February 2012. But now the painting of a stork holding a fish in its mouth, by elusive artist Banksy, is fading fast on the banks of the River Lim.

The painting can just about still be seen on the wall of a Palmers Brewery-owned garage at Gosling’s Bridge in Coombe Street, Lyme Regis.

While many suspected it was the handiwork of the controversial graffiti artist, it was not confirmed as an official Banksy until an image of it appeared on his website two months later.

Having been subjected to the elements of the river for seven years, the painting is now fading fast, leaving residents wondering whether they have missed a trick, especially in light of what happened in Banksy’s hometown of Bristol in 2014.

A piece of his artwork that was painted on a wall outside a cash-strapped youth club was sold to a private collector for £403,000, saving the organisation from closure.

Could the image in Lyme Regis have been worth £100,000 or thereabouts?

The Banksy stork when it was first painted at Gosling’s Bridge in 2012
Woodmead Halls

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