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£400k Banksy art sale saves broke youth club in Bristol

By Claire Hayhurst

A Banksy artwork that was painted on a wall outside a cash-strapped youth club has been sold to a private collector for £403,000.

Mobile Lovers, showing a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones, appeared on a doorway next to Broad Plain Working With Young People in Bristol in April.

The piece, attached to a piece of wood and screwed to the wall, was removed by youth club members with a crowbar.

Club owner Dennis Stinchcombe moved the piece to a corridor and invited members of the public to come and view it, with donations optional. Within days, police removed it and gave it to the city council, but Banksy wrote to Mr Stinchcombe, stating, "as far as I'm concerned, you can have it".

The future of the youth club is now secure thanks to the sale of the piece.

Mr Stinchcombe thanked Banksy for saving the organisation, which has operated in Bristol for 120 years.

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