'Mobile Lovers' was taken down from a wall by Broad Plain Boys Club who hoped selling it would solve their financial problems. But issues over who actually owned it meant the Mayor of Bristol intervened and had it installed in the Bristol Museum. Now Banksy has had the final say.
Jonty Messer has the story:
Bristol mayor, George Ferguson, has announced that a note received by a youth club, which says "As far as I'm concerned you can have it" has been authenticated as coming from Banksy.
It means a potential two million pound windfall for the Broad Plain Boys' Club.
– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol
I have now received confirmation that the note posted into the Broad Plain Boys Club is authentic. I believe this to be a good resolution and that we have done the right thing in looking after ‘Mobile Lovers’ in safe condition while putting it on display in aid of the Boys Club. We decided to house it in the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery as an interim solution and agreed that if Banksy was to ’send a signal’ that it was to go to them then I would be more than happy to oblige. To benefit both the club and other youth projects in Bristol...would be a brilliant resolution."
It seems the controversy over Bristol's latest Banksy has been resolved.
"Mobile Lovers" went up on a wall near the Broad Plain Boys Club who rescued it, hoping it would be the answer to their financial woes.
But it went on show in the Bristol museum while its future was decided. Now Bristol mayor George Ferguson has been informed by the artist that it should be the property of the boys club.
Bristol Museum saw hundreds of extra visitors this weekend coming to get a glimpse of Banky's latest work. The mural, "Mobile Lovers" is on display while an argument about who owns the piece is resolved. Staff say visitor numbers are far higher than normal.
More than 300 passed through the doors in the first hour on Saturday.
The mural, "Mobile Lovers" is on display while an argument about its ownership is resolved. It was put up on a wall in Clement Street last week but was taken in by a nearby youth club. Donations for the club are being collected by the museum
Thousands of people having been queuing for a glimpse of Banksy's latest offering at the Bristol museum. Staff say visitor numbers are far higher than normal with more than 300 passing through the doors in the first hour this morning.
The mural, "Mobile Lovers" is on display while an argument about its ownership is resolved. It was put up on a wall in Clement Street on Monday but was taken in by a nearby youth club. Donations for the club are being collected by the museum.
Banksy's latest work "Mobile Lovers" has been put on show at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery while the question of its ownership is resolved.
Our reporter Richard Payne talks to Ray Barnett, the Collections Manager, about the windfall. He says it would be useful if the Bristol street artist let people know what he thought about the controversy but in the meantime people can come to see it for free.
Queues are expected as the latest work by Bristol artist Banksy goes on show, (at 10 am).
The mural, "Mobile Lovers" is at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery while questions about its ownership are resolved.
It went up on a wall in Clement Street but was taken in by a nearby youth club to keep it safe.
There will be a box for donations to the club beside the work.
ITV News can reveal an investment bank has made a two million pound bid to buy the latest piece of Banksy street art, while the row over its ownership continues.
The offer was made today to the youth club which took the piece off a wall outside its Bristol premises.
But arguments still rage over whether the cash-strapped club has the right to sell it.
This afternoon it was put on show in the city's museum for safe keeping. Our Bristol Correspondent Richard Payne reports.