There has been a recent court case in which the High Court had to decide the ownership of an external mural that has been attributed to street artist Banksy.
The mural had been removed by the tenant of a property but the Court has decided that it belonged to the landlord.
For anyone interested in the legal principles behind this case, the decision was taken on the principle that a property that is subject to a lease, and every part if it, belongs to the landlord. In this case the tenant was not permitted to remove the artwork, which still belonged to the landlord. The tenant had tried to sell the artwork in the U.S..
Banksy artwork set to return to Folkestone after lengthy legal battle Piece entitled Art Buff, torn from amusement arcade wall and shipped to US gallery, will return to seaside town A Banksy artwork ripped from a wall in Folkestone and shipped to the US is to be returned to the seaside town after a lengthy legal battle, in the first example of a Banksy being returned to public ownership. A British judge ruled on Friday morning that the mural, titled Art Buff, was to be returned to the place where it was originally daubed by the elusive graffiti artist during the Folkestone Triennial last year. The artwork, which depicts a woman looking at an empty plinth while listening to headphones, appeared overnight last September. It was verified by the elusive artist on his website, with the words ....