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Art Banksy sale revives youth club's fortunes

August 27, 2014

Press Association

A youth club which was facing closure is celebrating a windfall after selling a Banksy artwork painted on a public wall.

Mobile Lovers, showing a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones, appeared on a doorway by Broad Plain Working With Young People in Bristol in April.

The piece, attached to a plank of wood and screwed to the wall on Clement Street, was removed by members of the cash-strapped club with a crowbar.

Owner Dennis Stinchcombe moved Mobile Lovers into a corridor and invited members of the public to come and view it, with donations optional.

Within days, police removed the painting and handed it to the city council, which put it on display at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Banksy later took the unusual step of writing a letter to Stinchcombe, stating that "as far as I'm concerned you can have it".

Mobile Lovers has now been sold for an undisclosed sum to a private collector, with all proceeds going to the youth club.

Stinchcombe said: "Mobile Lovers has been a fantastic gift to us; without it, the club would definitely have shut within the next 12 months or so. The sale of the work has given us a cushion to assist us in carrying on with our valuable work with the young people of Bristol." PA

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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