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New Banksy work on show in British hometown after removal row

Published on Apr 18, 2014 10:12 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A new work by British street artist Banksy will go on public display in his home city after a row over ownership of the painting, which features two lovers embracing as they gaze at their mobile phones, officials said on Thursday.

The piece dubbed Mobile Lovers was found at the weekend on a wooden plank that had been screwed onto a boarded-up doorway in Bristol, western England.

Members of a youth club discovered the artwork near their building amid a search sparked when an image of the piece appeared on Banksy's website, with no indication of its location.

Club manager Dennis Stinchcombe took it off the wall and installed it in a corridor of the Broad Plains Boys Club for visitors to see, saying he planned to sell the work to raise funds to keep the club open.

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