There's one less Banksy in the world thanks to Christopher Walken and a paint roller.
As part of his streaming drama "The Outlaws," the actor painted over an authentic piece of art by the mysterious street artist. However, reports say Banksy actually agreed to let the acting icon ruin the art.
"We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The Outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over that artwork during the filming of this scene, ultimately destroying it," a spokesman for the TV show said in a statement.
The show is filmed in the south of England in Bristol, where Banksy supposedly lives, given that many of his early art pieces appeared there.
Toward the end of the final episode of "The Outlaws," Christopher and his fellow "Outlaws" — including comedian and show director Stephen Merchant — paint over graffiti as part of a community service requirement. In doing so, Christopher's character, Frank, comes across Banksy's art piece called "The Rat," which is hidden behind a slab of wood.
"Diane, look at this rat I found," he tells his probation officer, played by Jessica Gunning.
Jessica's character seems unimpressed with the graffiti rat while Christopher's character tries to reason with her. "Less debating, more painting," she replied. The actor then pulls out the paint roller and covers up the rat, bringing the series to a close.
Banksy's art is worth millions. Earlier this year a notorious Banksy painting, one that was partially shredded, sold for $25.4 million dollars. Banksy often uses rats as the inspiration for his art. Last year, a piece called "Radar Rat" sold for over $700,000. The piece that Christopher painted over was said to be valued at $10 million.