A man who found a Banksy-style mural of Art Attack star Neil Buchanan on his garage wall was left disappointed when he discovered the truth.
Allan Levy, 57, woke one morning to discover the image of Neil’s face plastered across his wall on Brick Kiln Lane in Northampton.
The stencil-style piece of graffiti art comes after a bizarre rumour that Neil, the 58-year-old former children’s TV presenter was secretive artist Banksy.
The picture shows Neil holding a paint spray can and unmasking himself as the world-renowned street artist, and includes the Banksy logo.
The ex-Art Attack and Finder’s Keepers host was forced to defend himself, writing: “Contrary to the recent media frenzy – I am honestly, hand on heart, NOT Banksy.”
Although the artwork is typical of Banksy’s style, the famous Bristol artist has not claimed responsibility for the work.
The dad-of-three, said: “I was blown away when I saw it. It’s certainly a great piece of art and I love street art.
“It was obviously clever and well thought out, the stencilling work is extremely well done.
“I’d certainly like to think it was Banksy and it has been the talk of the town since.
“I’d recently cut back some plants that were hanging over onto the wall. I’m glad I did as at least the artist had a clear space to work with.
“It’s really good, it’s such a lovely piece – this is beyond anything I could have dreamed of.
“The wall itself is on my driveway and it is shared with a neighbour because it’s part of an old row of garages.
“I phoned the neighbour and asked him what he thought.
“He didn’t really want people using it as a canvas but if you live in Northampton, a white wall like that it is a bit of a blank canvas for the world.”
As soon as Allan came across the artwork he contacted the website pestcontroloffice.com, which verifies Banksy artwork.
He added: “They said it would be on Instagram if he had done it, but that can take weeks. This only just happened two days ago.
“They aren’t really 100 per cent sure it’s not him so we’re kind of waiting and seeing. I’m not going to do anything with it.
“I think street art belongs exactly where it was put. I’m a photographer myself and I very much appreciate it as an artist.
“It belongs where it was made and it should stay exactly there. I’m just proud to have it there whether it turns out to be a genuine Banksy or not.
“But I can’t help but have the attitude that I now have a Banksy in my collection – I’m very proud of it.”
Neil, from Liverpool, hosted Art Attack on ITV from 1990 until 2007, and was known for using the show to create large-scale artworks.
Rumours of his alter-ego started when one web user claimed Banksy artworks had sprung up in places where Neil’s former band Marseille had played gigs.
Northampton Council say the work is on private property and so they won’t be trying to ascertain if the work is authentic or not.