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Banksy’s “Kissing Coppers” to be sold and shipped to America

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The Guardian are reporting that this famous piece, from the side of the pub in Brighton, is to be sold and shipped off to America:

“The work, which depicts two policemen in a passionate clinch, has become a shrine for fans of the elusive graffiti artist and a regular stop on Brighton’s tourist trail. But, after repeated attacks on the artwork left it severely damaged, the pub owner has decided to sell the original through a New York gallery for an sizeable fee, estimated to be anywhere from £500,000 to £1m.

“When he put it on the pub it belonged to the pub and, if it is sold, all the money will go back to the pub,” said the owner Chris Steward. “It is very difficult to just keep the pub going, so a little break from that would be very welcome.”

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  1. shame it can’t be protected and stay where it is. However I can understand when times are hard that it might be a bit of a lifesaver for the seller.
    if I were the one selling this, it’d have my heart superglued to it.

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