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Banksy street art Kissing Coppers up for auction in Miami

Banksy street art Kissing Coppers up for auction in Miami

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:32 AM
Paintings titled Crazy Horse Car Door and in the background, Kissing Coppers, by the British street artist Banksy, are seen on display at LMNT Gallery in Miami, Florida on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (REUTERS) - Three murals created on the sides of buildings by an elusive British street artist known as "Banksy" will be sold on Tuesday along with millions of dollars in other works at a Miami auction being closely watched due to the soaring value of street graffiti.

Fine Art Auctions Miami estimates Kissing Coppers, a black-and-white stencil of two British police officers kissing in close embrace, is worth between US$500,000 (S$630,000) and US$700,000. The work originally appeared on the side of the Prince Albert Pub in Brighton, England, in 2005.

The wall is one of several Banksy works removed from their original location and sold to collectors. It will be auctioned off with two more pieces - Crazy Horse Car Door and Bandaged Heart Balloon - created during the artist's month-long "street residency" in New York City last year.

The auction will also include a sketch by Jean-Michel Basquiat and a Keith Haring watercolor, Roger In The Flowers. Banksy, whose graffiti and stenciled paintings appear as social commentary in public spaces and private property around the world, emerged in Bristol, England, in the early 1990s.

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