Jeepers people, do some homework. This article is talking about an image “making the rounds yesterday” and explains it is “purportedly” by Banksy.
The image is wonderful but at 7 years old it can hardly be called news. It’s called “Vandalised oil painting #031” and dates from 2005. It was all over the place at the time – it’s had thousands of views on my own flickr since i posted it in 2005, and was featured on electronicintifada as “Photo of the Day” in December 2005.
Eva mentions that it doesn’t look like Banksy’s work – that’s because it’s part of a series where he alters found paintings.
My two cents: a lot of the comments on this page are mind-boggling and repulsive to me. Not sure what is going on with this site lately, but… ugh.