Banksy has confirmed the authenticity of 2 new artworks which appeared in his style in a ‘graffiti-free’ part of London

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The two new Banksy artworks appear in a tunnel near the Barbican Centre in London.
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Banksy has confirmed the authenticity of two new artworks which appeared in his iconic style close to the Barbican Centre.

The murals, which make fun of the so-called “graffiti-free” part of central London, appear in a tunnel.

They are inspired by an upcoming exhibition at the Barbican by American artist Jean-Michael Basquiat, who initially rose to fame as part of a New York City-based graffiti duo, SAMO, before turning his hand to painting.

The first mural depicts a ferris wheel topped with crowns – one of the symbols Basquiat’s works are best known for – above people queueing at a ticket booth.

Banksy posted on Sunday: “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.”

The second post is captioned: “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.”

Basquiat: Boom for Real opens at the Barbican Centre on September 21.