A Banksy artwork which appeared on the side of a house just before it was sold has been removed after a massive crane arrived at the site.
The ‘Aachoo’ mural was painted on the home on the famously steep Vale Street in Bristol in December.
It depicts a woman in a headscarf sneezing and her dentures flying into the air, with her sneeze appearing to knock over buildings on the steep hill.
It caused a stir as the house was due to be sold amid rumours it added millions to the value.
The sale went through but its new owners immediately placed scaffolding around it.
On Friday afternoon a massive crane was seen at the site which appears to be about to move it.
Video footage published by Bristol Live showed people gathered on the street taking pictures of the huge crane.
Others were poking their heads out of windows to take a look.
Many social media users believe the mural is about to be permanently removed.
One tweeted: “Thank you Banksy for your temporary contribution to our neighbourhood. It brought us some joy, if only for a while.”
The Banksy appeared just as the house was sold by Aileen Makin, 57, with the buyer unknown.
When it appeared, residents in the Totterdown area of Bristol were seen taking photos of themselves being blown back by the pensioner’s sneeze.
Banksy is a graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter from Yate in Bristol.
His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique.
His works have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Vale Street is known locally for being the steepest street in England and is home to an annual egg-rolling competition.