Banksy Brighton pub mural 'Kissing Coppers' sells for £345,000

A mural created by the artist Banksy has been sold at auction in the US after being removed from the wall of a Brighton pub.

'Kissing Coppers', a black and white graffiti work depicting two policemen kissing, was sold to an anonymous buyer in Miami for $575,000 (£345,000).

Kissing Coppers on display in a Miami gallery Credit: Reuters

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It became one of the artist's most famous street works after being spray-painted onto the side of the Prince Albert pub, near Brighton city centre, in 2004.

The mural was carefully removed and flown to America in 2011, replaced with a replica encased in perspex, the Argus reports.

It had been predicted to sell at a price between $500,000 (£300,000) to $700,000 (£420,000).

Banksy's Crazy Horse Car Door remained unsold Credit: Reuters

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Two other Banksy works - 'Bandaged Heart' and 'Crazy Horse Car Door' - failed to reach their minimum bids.