Banksy’s most popular creation, The Girl with the Red Balloon, can be found at two London locations – one is on the stairwell of the South Bank, and the other on Great Eastern Street on the borders of Liverpool Street station.

However, almost a decade ago, the latter was covered with advertising billboards and doomed to never be seen again.

However, good news is in the offing – The Sincura Group, who recovered of Banksy’s infamous Slave Labour, have been commissioned to salvage and restore the piece. The work started a week ago and is due for completion on Sunday, February 9th.

With specialist equipment shipped in from America to assist the £40,000 removal project, the piece will then travel to a secret hideout where it will be painstakingly restored to its former glory by the world’s leading experts.

Want to see it for yourself? The piece is due to be revealed in April 2014 when the Sincura Group hold their 2014 Banksy event. The Girl with The Red Balloon will be one of seven Banksy street artworks on display. The show, called STEALING BANKSY?, explores the social, legal and moral issues surrounding the sale of street art.

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