Prints of Holding Hands – given to the people of Hackney by the local street artist – had been listed for sale online.
One hundred thousand copies of the 50cm x 50cm image were produced, distributed with the council’s Hackney Today newspaper.
They were created to celebrate the installation of a Holding Hands sculpture in Hoxton Square.
But many locals never received their posters and Stik called for the return of the prints late last month.
About 4,000 people attended, along with 1,000 more who had returned before the artist went public, Scotland Yard said.
“Holding Hands shows two people looking in opposite directions while holding hands in a symbol of universal love and togetherness,” Stik said.
“The fact that so many prints have been returned to the people of Hackney only amplifies the significance. ”
Detective Constable James Readman said it was “really encouraging” that the public listened to the call and “do the right thing by returning a lot of the impressions.”
He added: “I hope they were struck by the fact that Stik was doing something really cool for his compatriots in Hackney – funded out of his own pocket – because he wanted to make people smile, during which been incredibly difficult. years for the most part.
“Unfortunately, some people saw an opportunity to make money and took it.
“But we’re happy with the response and understand that Stik has started the process of distributing prints to legitimate recipients. “