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Banksy's Bristol tribute to Vermeer

The graffiti artist Banksy has once again chosen his home city for his latest work.

The mural, which pays tribute to Vermeer's girl with a pearl earring, has gone up on a wall in Bristol docks, near the Cottage Inn and ss Great Britain. Banksy's trademark sense of humour comes into play again though - with a burglar alarm standing in for the original's jewellery.

Twitter speculation over new Banksy

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New Banksy appears in Bristol. But where?

New artwork from Bristol artist Banksy has appeared in the city but as yet, no one has been able to say where exactly it is. The piece appeared on his website with few clues as to where it may be. Some have suggested it could be in an area behind the ss Great Britain.

Some have suggested it could be in an area behind the ss Great Britain. Credit: Banksy.co.uk

Banksy appears to have taken inspiration from the Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. The original uses a pearl earing as a focal point, however Banksy appears to have used an building's alarm system as his.

Banksy appears to have taken inspiration from the Girl with a Pearl Earring Credit: Banksy.co.uk

Banksy sale raises £400,000 for Bristol boys club

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:

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.

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.

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