Police forced their way into the Laz Emporium in London’s Soho last month after receiving reports of an unconscious woman slumped over a table in the locked-up gallery. At the time they arrived, an employee had locked up the gallery and gone off to make a cup of tea. When she returned, she found the door off its hinges and two baffled coppers.
What the police had found was a life-like sculpture entitled Kristina. Commissioned by Steve Lazarides, the gallery’s owner and one time agent of Banksy. It depicts Lazarides’ sister slumped over with her face in a bowl of soup. It is said to be worth around £18,000.
Satisfied there was nothing amiss, the police went on their way.
Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.