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The 10-year quest to discover the true identity of the underground artist known as Banksy has become almost as captivating as his stylised graffiti which has popped up unannounced on buildings across the world.

Melbourne draws up graffiti protection plan

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Blek le Rat: This is not a Banksy

It may look like the work of the secretive Briton who's hot property across the globe but this is actually by the French street artist Blek le Rat. And he's been bringing his brand of politicised graffiti to a wall near you for almost 30 years. Here we publish a selection of his iconic images. Words by Charlotte Philby

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Pandora: Treasury still servicing Labour's 'love nests'

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Move over, Banksy: Meet the next generation of artists coming up from the street

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One law for Banksy, another for the rest

Council gives the graffiti artist's work special treatment

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