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A controversial artwork by the Bristol artist Banksy has been sold for more than £400,000 - securing the future of a youth club in the city.
The 'Mobile Lovers' mural went up near the Broad Plain Boys Club in April causing a row with Bristol City Council over its ownership - which was only settled once the elusive artist intervened.
Caron Bell reports:
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Latest ITV News reports
A youth club that was facing closure is celebrating a potential windfall after Banksy said it could keep a mural he created nearby.
Fans of Banksy's new work, which is on display at the Bristol Museum after being rescued from a wall in the city, say it should stay there