T-shirts by Banksy are selling for £9,000 on eBay just an hour after being purchased for £20.

T-shirts created by Banksy, an anonymous artist, are being sold to raise money for the "Colston 4" protestors who were arrested after a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled in Bristol.

The Colston 4's trial starts next week, and new "memory shirts" are on sale in shops across the city, with proceeds going to the defendants "so they can go for a pint."

People have been queuing outside shops to get one of the 2,000 shirts that have been made, and others have put the shirts up for sale on eBay for as much as £9,000, according to BristolLive.

"Next week the four people charged with tearing down Colston's statue in Bristol are going on trial," the anonymous artist wrote on Instagram.

To commemorate the occasion, I've designed some commemorative tees.

"Available from tomorrow at various locations throughout the city (all proceeds go to the defendants so they can go for a pint)

"£25 plus VAT for one per person."

"From 9 a.m., details on the Ujima Radio breakfast show"

After the statue of slave trader Edward Coulson was torn down and thrown into the harbour by Black Lives Matter protestors, all four protestors pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal damage.

The demonstration became a watershed moment in the BLM movement, reigniting debate about the UK's imperial history and role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

As Bristolians turn out to show support for the defendants or to get their hands on one of the limited edition t-shirts, lines have reportedly formed around the block.

"I think it is good that he is doing this," Robin Collins said of Banksy, who was among those queuing.

Doing so is a political statement.

"A lot of artists seem to be afraid of expressing their political opinions, but he doesn't seem to mind."

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