Banksy artwork to be restored after being painted over
Banksy painted the early mural at the Arches on Argyle Street in Glasgow in 2001.
An early work by guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy is set to be restored, nine years after it was accidentally painted over.
Banksy painted mural at the Arches on Argyle Street in Glasgow in 2001.
It features a full-length Mona Lisa, a gun-toting monkey in a tutu and the words "Every time I hear the word culture, I release the safety on my 9mm".
It was accidentally covered with grey emulsion in 2007 but will now be restored thanks to the London-based Fine Art Restoration Company.
Restorers will carefully remove the paint one section at a time to reveal the artwork, which could be worth several million pounds.
Argyle Street Arches - which took over the space after previous occupier The Arches went bust in 2015 - has appealed for donations to fund the work.
Owner Scott McCormick said: "It's fantastic that the restoration can now begin, we've been planning the project for a long time.
"We're excited to now get started and display Banksy's artworks for the public to enjoy."
The restoration is due to begin this weekend and could be finished by December.