People in Bristol queued for hours to get their hands on a limited-edition t-shirt designed by Banksy.

The elusive street artist says he made the T-shirts to mark the occasion of the trial of four people accused of pulling down the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol. Three defendants are set to go on trial charged with criminal damage after the 17th Century slave trader's statue was torn down last year.


He revealed the design in an Instagram post and went on sale, with all proceeds from the T-shirts to go to the defendants - Jake Skuse, Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford and Sage Willoughby – "so they can go for a pint", the post said.

The printed items feature the word 'Bristol' and an empty statue plinth - a reference to the toppling of the statue during a Black Lives Matter march last year. Local radio station Ujima revealed the locations where the T-shirts, which cost £25 each.

Strictly one per customer, queues stretched down streets and around corners soon after the locations were revealed - with some standing in line for hours. Shortly after the tills were opened, some of the t-shirts were listed to buy online for as much as £2,500.

Banksy has pledged to donate proceeds to the 'Colston Four' - the four people charged with criminal damage in connection with the incident.