Damascus, Syria - Some wag from the Syrian People's Popular Front for Not Hiding Stuff Behind A Burkha Any More is probably responsible for the 10ft x 6ft black ink drawing of Queen Elizabeth in tiara, pearls and gas mask that sprouted overnight on the perimeter wall outside what was the Brits' embassy in Downtown Damascus.
Entitled 'Sarin Queen Twenty Thirteen' the mural was immediately dubbed a 'Banksy' by locals who then attempted to steal it along with half ton of supporting brickwork to make a quick killing at online auction site eBayGumTree.
This evening it's listed with starting bids of $100,000 despite little proof of artistic provenance and, frankly, a strong whiff of illegal destruction of government property from the UK diplomatic compound.
The legation building has been empty since March last year following emergency evacuation of staff during the ongoing Syrian 'domestic' where Sarin gas is believed to have been used on civilian targets a fortnight ago.
Commenting on the gas mask portrait of HM the Queen a Palace water-colorist said 'WTF?' as news of the mural's online auction became viral on the blogosphere.
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