Was a Banksy Work on Bedford Avenue Painted Over for a Pearl Jam Ad?


Update: Debunked! An eagle-eyed reader points out that particular stencil is used by the Iranian artists Icy and Sot. Check out more of their work on Instagram.

A tipster spotted this piece at Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street in Williamsburg last night and figured it might be part of Banksy’s New York exhibition. Sure, it certainly bears some resemblance to the graffito’s style, but it hasn’t appeared on his website yet.

Is it or isn’t it? Well, we may never know …

Because it has already been painted over, replaced by an ad for Pearl Jam’s new album, Lightning Bolt.

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The tipster, Sascha Ciezata, sent us another photo of the same spot this morning.

Again, before (left) and after: