Eight men convicted of stealing a door with Banksy art on it

The artwork known as the ‘sad girl’ was on the exit door of the Bataclan and was painted in honor of those killed in the hall during the attacks for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The painting showed a sad figure wearing a veil in black and white, her head slightly bowed as she stared down.

Eight men were convicted of stealing the door with Banksy’s artwork on it. (CNN)

Seven French citizens and one Italian citizen have been sentenced to a maximum of 2 years in prison, according to the court spokesperson.

The convict will not serve an actual prison sentence, but will wear an electronic bracelet.

“I think it’s a wise decision by the court,” said Romain Ruiz, lawyer for one of the defendants, “the verdict recognizes the facts as they are.”

The Banksy artwork on the door of the Bataclan in Paris.
The Banksy artwork on the door of the Bataclan in Paris. (CNN)

The convict had stolen the door in 2019 and shipped it to Italy.

According to CNN’s French subsidiary BFMTV, “after an investigation, the metal door was found in a farm in Italy in June 2020, without the plexiglass window protecting it.”

The eight men had been on trial since June 8.

When the mural was first stolen, the concert hall tweeted: “It is a deep sadness that moves us today.

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“Banksy’s work, a symbol of memory and property of everyone – locals, Parisians, citizens of the world – has been taken from us.”

The Bataclan mural, which appeared in June 2018, was one of Banksy’s many works that surfaced in Paris that summer.

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