New Banksy painting 'Girl With A Pierced Eardrum' appears in elusive artist's home city

A new Banksy artwork has appeared based on The Girl With A Pearl Earring - with a burglar alarm replacing the girl’s jewellery.

The painting parody, based on the work by Dutch master Vermeer, appeared in the infamous street artist’s home city of Bristol at the weekend.

The elusive artist admitted that the work, titled ‘Girl With A Pierced Eardrum’ is his - but it was vandalised within hours.

Soon after the 15ft high mural emerged on Bristol’s harbourside, it had been splattered with black paint.

The painting is on the wall of the Dockside Studio which is owned by Bristol City Council and was created late on Saturday night.

Tenant Ellie Morgan, 47, who is joint owner of the recording studio, said: 'It's a real shame and a bit annoying.

'It was vandalised on Monday night between seven and eight. Someone just snuck down, did it and then snuck off.

The new Banksy 'The Girl with The Pierced Eardrum' appeared in Bristol last weekend. (SWNS)
Vermeer's original (left) and Banksy's parody (right). (SWNS)


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'One of the bands that was recording came in and said someone had thrown paint on it. When we went out it was still wet and dripping.

'Banksy had already been back to touch it up once. He had come back to touch up one of the corners as it looks different to what it did first thing on Sunday.

'Hopefully Banksy will come back and touch it up again.

'The paint has splashed across the bottom of the chin. Originally, there was a lot of grey paint down that side.

'Where it was still wet, we thought about trying to clean it off but were worried that putting a hose on it might have damaged the painting.

'It’s really disappointing because there is nothing to gain from doing something like this.'

Banksy's artwork has been targetted by rival graffiti artists and vandals elsewhere in the country.

‘Art Buff’ in Rochester, Kent had a penis drawn on it while thieves have tried to steal the  the ‘Spybooth’ piece in Cheltenham, Glos.

Banksy paints many of his mysterious graffiti efforts in his home city of Bristol. (SWNS)