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History revealed: some of the oldest photos of Bristol go on sale

Some of the first photos ever taken of Bristol could make up to £30,000 when they are auctioned later today.

The pictures show Bristol and surrounding parts of Somerset between 1850 and 1855. They were taken by photographer Hugh Owen and show some of the city's most iconic landmarks.

The auction will take place at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester.

College Green - you can just see Bristol Cathedral behind the trees. Credit: Dominic Winter
St Peter's Hospital, which was destroyed in the Bristol Blitz in 1940. Credit: Dominic Winter
Wells Cathedral Credit: Dominic Winter

Cheltenham Banksy scaffolding mysteriously removed

Spy Booth scaffolding mysteriously removed Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Scaffolding and cladding which covered Cheltenham's famous Banksy, known as the spies, has been taken down today.

The art work, on the side of a house in Fairview road, was covered up after it was vandalised.

Local people had hoped to raise enough money to save the work for the town. A spokesman for The Bankrobber gallery in london, which had erected the scaffolding in the first place, says that it is no longer prepared to pay to protect the work.

Bankrobber is throwing down the gauntlet to the good people of cheltenham, in short we are no longer prepared to pay to protect the work?. So it's time for someone else to put their hands in their pockets. If not it will inevitably fall foul to both the elements and the vindictive souls ?who wish it ill.

– Robin Barton, Bankrobber Art Gallery
The Bankrobber Art Gallery paid for the scaffolding to prevent further damage Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin
Bankrobber Gallery no longer prepared to pay to protect the work Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin


Turnip Prize goes topical

The winner of the spoof Turnip Prize has been announced at a pub in Somerset.

The competition is billed as an antidote to the prestigious Turner Prize which is announced the same night.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (left) with the Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell who has won this year's Turner Prize for his series of films called It for Others Credit: PA

While the Turner Prize is sometimes controversial in its choice of winners (notably Tracy Emin and her bed), it is nothing to compare with the Turnip Prize, where the judges reward the lack of effort taken by the artists.

There were 69 entries in the competition and it seems this year's finalists for the much sought after turnip on a nail have taken the rule to heart.

One of the Turnip Prize finalists: A pen and a sieve. Get it? Credit: Turnip Prize
Another finalist: A walnut. With red hair. Yes Credit: Turnip Prize
And here's another - an empty box of swimming goggles just has to be Credit: Turnip Prize

In the end the judges went for possible the most topical entry - a tribute to the newest party in parliament - UKIP.

It was awarded to Ms Drunken Shepherd for her work entitled “Ewe Kip” (A Sleeping Sheep). See what she did there?

I am delighted with the lack of effort taken to create the work, I’m sure at least one beer swilling MP will be looking to purchase this work of *rubbish* art.

– Trevor Prideaux, Organiser
Ms Drunken Shepherd with her entry and the coveted Turnip Prize Credit: Turnip Prize


Modern art stolen in Bath

Three pieces of modern art have gone missing from a gallery in Bath. Police believe the sculpture and two paintings were stolen from the Edgar Modern Gallery in Bartlett Street.

It's not known exactly when they disappeared but it's thought to have been between the first and 26th of September.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the missing art to get in touch.

Missing Sculpture Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Missing modern art Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Missing modern art Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary
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'Banksy' considered a highlight of Miami auction

Fine Art Auctions Miami, the company that is set to sell the 'Banksy' artwork, is promoting the stencil as a highlight of tomorrow's auction.

They have put it on the front cover of the catalogue and on the home page of their website.

It is estimated that the work will fetch between $500,000 and $700,000.

The 'Banksy' is considered a highlight of the auction of modern, contemporary and street art. Credit: Reuters.
The artwork has pride of place on the home page of the Fine Art Auctions Miami website. Credit: FAAM
The auctioneers predict a sale price of up to $700,000. Credit: Reuters.
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