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Graffiti artist Banksy's artwork raises $889,000 for struggling British youth club

Published on Aug 28, 2014 9:46 AM
 
A work by the British street artist Banksy has saved a struggling youth club from closure after it was sold to a collector for £403,000 (S$889,016). -- PHOTO: TWITTER

LONDON (AFP) - A work by the British street artist Banksy has saved a struggling youth club from closure after it was sold to a collector for £403,000 (S$889,016).

The piece - "Mobile Lovers" - which shows a couple embracing while gazing at their phones, appeared on the wall of the Broad Plain Boy's Club in April.

It was attached to a piece of wood and screwed onto the wall, so youth club members were able to remove it with a crowbar and sell it.

Banksy confirmed that the club, which is based in the southwestern city of Bristol, owned the artwork in a rare letter to owner Dennis Stinchcombe.

 
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