The cafe which owned a garage door, which had a painting by the street artist Stik, has defended its decision to sell it. Alan Barrigus from the cafe said the door needed to be changed because it was broken.
A Hackney garage door with a painting by the street artist Stik has been taken down and has been bought by art dealer Andrew Lamberty. The work known as 'London Riots' was painted in 2011 on the door of the garage which belongs to a vegan community cafe called Pogo.
The cafe wants the money to keep its community activites running. However, some art lovers have criticised the sale, saying the artwork was intended to be seen by people in the street, not going on display in a gallery.
His work can fetch up to £5,000 and has been bought by the likes of Sir Elton John. But before he found fame and fortune, the graffiti artist Stik was homeless. That is why he's decided to donate tens of thousands of signed prints to help others just like him.
Nick Thatcher reports.
Using money he was paid by an ad agency for using one of his images in a campaign, Stik is distributing 75000 limited prints exclusively via random copies of the Big Issue that goes on sale on March 11th.
Formerly homeless himself, the artist wants people to talk to their local 'art dealers'; the Big Issue vendors.
There are 4 different prints in total and they won't be available anywhere else.