Banksy has appeared to confirm a mural in Nottingham IS his artwork – after a Sutton Coldfield artist attempted to take credit.
A fellow street artist, known only as Itchers, had earlier today attempted to claim credit for the work, which is a hula hooping girl outside a beauty salon in the East Midlands.
It first appeared earlier this week and speculation mounted as to whether it was a genuine Banksy.
Itchers claimed responsibility and told NottinghamshireLive, our sister title: “It’s something for people to enjoy.”
Last year, Banksy made headlines by creating a reindeer mural in the city’s Jewellery Quarter, on Vyse Street.
The work first came to attention on on a wall off Ilkeston Road in Nottingham on Thursday, October 15.
Banksy has now appeared to confirm the works are his only by posting on his Instagram page.
It depicts a child hula-hooping with the missing tyre of a nearby bike.
Speculation mounted earlier this week that is was made by the artist .
And Nottingham City Council installed a perspex screen next to it, though experts were not convinced it was a genuine Banksy.
Some claimed it was unlikely to be Banksy due to it not being “as topical” as some of the mysterious artist’s previous work.
Witness Alex Mitchell, 31, said: “I only saw the driver. I didn’t know what was going on or whether I should call the police.
“He pretended like he had broken down but he was there for at least two hours.”
Josinya Powell, 39, said: “Nottingham needs something like this right now – something to talk about rather than coronavirus.
“If it is Banksy that’d be amazing – I’d say to him ‘thanks babes’.”