Bristol Banksy sold to raise money for boys club

The Bristol Banksy "Mobile Lovers" has been sold to a private collector. The sale will raise money for the boys club near where it was found in the city.

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Banksy's Mobile Lovers sells for £403,000

Banksy's Mobile Lovers has been sold for £403,000. Credit: ITV News West Country

It's been revealed Banksy's Mobile Lovers artwork has sold for £403,000.

A cash-strapped boys club in Bristol has sold it to a private collector. All the proceeds will benefit Broad Plain Boys' Club and affiliate youth clubs.

There was controversy when the club removed the work from a wall nearby, until the artist himself backed its ownership.

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Banksy's "Mobile Lovers" sold for undisclosed sum

Banksy's Mobile Lovers before it was removed from the wall near Broad Plain boys club Credit: PA

A cash-strapped boys club in Bristol has sold its Banksy to a private collector.

There was controversy when Broad Plain Boys' Club removed the work from a wall nearby, until the artist himself backed its ownership.

It's been valued at £400,000 - the exact amount it went for has not yet been revealed.

Mayor confirms Banksy note is authentic

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.

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."

– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

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Mayor confirms Bristol Banksy to go back to boys club

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.

Hundreds visit Banksy at Bristol Museum

Hundreds visit Banksy at Bristol Museum Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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

Hundreds queue in Bristol to see Banksy

Hundreds queue in Bristol to see Banksy Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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