Banksy has revealed that he set up a secret art stall on the streets of Venice to coincide with the immensely popular Biennale which has swept over the city.

Situated in the middle of the city, Banksy’s work took on the title ‘Venice in Oil’ and depicted nine-part series of work which portrayed a huge cruise ship dwarfing the traditional gondolas that have so long occupied the iconic rivers.

While locals and tourists nonchalantly walked past the stall assuming it to be replicas, local police eventually moved in to sweep Banksy and the artwork away from the city’s popular St Mark’s Square.

Revealing a video to show that it was in fact real, Banksy said: “Despite being the largest and most prestigious art event in the world, for some reason I’ve never been invited,” in the caption.

Detailing later, the unknown street artist, said: “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each,” in a post on his official website.

In other Banksy related news, an iconic piece of his work was recently stolen from the Bataclan Theatre in Paris.

The work, which appeared in memory of the 90 people killed during the 2015 terror attack, depicted a figure in white with its head bent in mourning. 

The Banksy work appeared in Paris in June last year, one of a string of pieces of work to address the refugee crisis in the city. 

A source close to the investigation told LCI television that “a group of hooded individuals armed with angle grinders cut the painting and took it away in a truck.” 

“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.”

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