- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BERLIN (AP) - A Berlin gallery says restorers have scraped away more than a dozen layers of paint from an interior wall to reveal an early work by British street artist Banksy.

The graffiti showing five soldiers with angel’s wings and yellow smiley faces beneath the slogan “Every picture tells a lie!” is now on show again at the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien gallery.

Originally sprayed by the artist in 2003 during a street art project at the gallery, the Banksy had disappeared beneath several layers of paint by subsequent art shows.

Kuenstlerhaus head Stephane Bauer said Tuesday that the gallery decided recently to try and recover it, and that the Banksy will now be on show until Oct. 22.

Bauer says after that it may be painted over again or perhaps sold to an interested collector.

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