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
Within days, police removed the painting and handed it to the city council, which put it on display at the
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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