Da! collective

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The DA! collective was an art collective who squatted a townhouse at in Mayfair, Westminster, Greater London in October 2008.[1] The property, at 18 Upper Grosvenor Street, is a 30-room grade II-listed 1730s mansion worth an estimated £6.25 million owned by the billionaire Duke of Westminster, Britain's wealthiest private landlord.[2][3] The collective changed the locks on the property.[1]

In a statement delivered from the balcony (bedecked with a blacked-out tattered Union Jack), Stephanie Smith (in a mask and a ragged miniskirt[2]) declared:

Who we are is not important. As a collective we have 'squatted' an empty, dilapidated building in Mayfair ... We are making this place live through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.[4]

The Da! collective is made up of a dozen teenagers, students, and artists.[5] They have been acclaimed as winners of "the National Squattery" by The Sun.[6] The collective claim a squatters' portfolio worth over £100 million.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Pidd, Helen (11 June 2008). "Group of teenagers and artists called Da! collective take over multimillion-pound building | Society | The Guardian". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Harris, Paul. "The £6million squatters: Artist gang flies the black flag of anarchy over Mayfair mansion | Mail Online". Mail On Sunday. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Blacker, Terence (2008-11-08). "Squatters take over £6m Mayfair house - Home News, UK - The Independent". London: The Independent. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Tibbetts, Graham (8 November 2008). "Squatters turn £6.25 million townhouse into anarchist commune - Telegraph". London: Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  5. ^ From correspondents in London (November 9, 2008). "Da! collective squatters live it up in $14m Mayfair mansion | Herald Sun". News.com.au. Retrieved 9 December 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ Case, Philip (8 November 2008). "Dossers trash £6million mansion | The Sun |News". London: Thesun.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Rebel Artists Raid Multi-Million Pound London Mansions | BitterWallet". Bitterwallet.com. Retrieved 9 December 2008.