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Hidden Banksy mural to be uncovered in heart of London’s Notting Hill

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Hidden Banksy mural to be uncovered in heart of London's Notting Hill

A man walks near a Banksy mural known as The Painter, which first appeared in 2008, before it was officially presented in Notting Hill, London, Great Britain, on November 4, 2019. REUTERS / Yara Nardi

LONDON (Reuters) – A mural of Banksy, covered by builders' stocks and scaffolding in recent months, will be unveiled on Monday in the heart of London's Notting Hill area.

The work – known as Graffiti Painter, Painter or Velazquez – shows an artist, thought to be the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez, with an easel writing "Banksy" in large red letters.

Designed on the corner of Acklam and Portbello Road in 2008, it was covered after developer Enstar Capital began renovating the property to make luxury apartments.

"It's a charming feature for the building and a charming feature on Notting Hill that has kept its London," Simon Lyons, CEO of Enstar Capital, told Reuters.

“One of the reasons I bought the building was that there was a Banksy – he gave that iconic profile. So while I think Banksy's prices are absurd, you could say that I was a fan in some ways. "

Enstar originally wanted to change Banksy, but decided it would be very risky, so it stays in one place and is covered with glass and illuminated.

Luxury apartments on the property are worth at least £ 950,000 ($ 1.2 million) for a room, Lyons said.

“Would I love if Banksy came and did it in the building where I live? Probably not, ”said Lyons.

Report by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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