Banksy's Brighton graffiti masterpiece Kissing Coppers to be auctioned in Miami

The Argus: Banksy's Brighton graffiti masterpiece Kissing Coppers to be auctioned in Miami Banksy's Brighton graffiti masterpiece Kissing Coppers to be auctioned in Miami

Banksy's Kissing Coppers, painted on the side of Brighton's Prince Albert pub, is to be auctioned in Miami tonight.

The graffiti masterpiece was painstakingly taken off the wall of the pub in 2011 and flown to the US by a private dealer. At the time, it was said it might sell for up to £1 million.

Tonight, it is expected to fetch between $500,000 and $700,000 (£300,000 and £420,000) at Fine Art Auctions Miami. 

It will be the first time it has been viewed since being removed from the Prince Albert in Trafalgar Street. 

A specialist art restoration company used chemicals to transfer the policemen to canvas. 

The original has since been replaced with a careful replica, and encased in perspex to prevent vandalism. 

It has been joined by a mural featuring late legends of the music world. 

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11:26am Tue 18 Feb 14

Gribbet says...

Fair play, but 'Masterpiece'?
Fair play, but 'Masterpiece'? Gribbet

11:31am Tue 18 Feb 14

imfree! says...

I didn't realise Banksy was gay
I didn't realise Banksy was gay imfree!

11:36am Tue 18 Feb 14

whatevernext2013 says...

so what your saying is its a copy and not the real thing ,or at least its not in its original state
so what your saying is its a copy and not the real thing ,or at least its not in its original state whatevernext2013

12:05pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Take it Personally says...

"Banksy" is such a contrived load of crap. Complete commercial sell-out and over-used images.
I laugh at the idiots that buy this stuff, as "Banksy" is well on their way to devaluing it all themselves. (note the valuation of this "master piece" has dropped more than 50%in just a few years)
"Banksy" is such a contrived load of crap. Complete commercial sell-out and over-used images. I laugh at the idiots that buy this stuff, as "Banksy" is well on their way to devaluing it all themselves. (note the valuation of this "master piece" has dropped more than 50%in just a few years) Take it Personally

1:50pm Tue 18 Feb 14

John Steed says...

Banksy has a brilliant mind, love his stuff, its marmite, love it or hate it, but personally it should stay on wall it was created on. cutting it off well, sad. but as itst stencil work it could easliy be devalued, he could paint thousands of them, this is street art for the masses not some dollar rich
phillistine
Banksy has a brilliant mind, love his stuff, its marmite, love it or hate it, but personally it should stay on wall it was created on. cutting it off well, sad. but as itst stencil work it could easliy be devalued, he could paint thousands of them, this is street art for the masses not some dollar rich phillistine John Steed

2:17pm Tue 18 Feb 14

clump1234567890 says...

YOU MORON
YOU MORON clump1234567890

9:00pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Ambo Guy says...

Banksy isn't an artist anymore, he's become Banksy corporation plc incorporated now. It's all about money and the prestige of 'owning a Banksy' and isn't really about the art anymore.
Banksy isn't an artist anymore, he's become Banksy corporation plc incorporated now. It's all about money and the prestige of 'owning a Banksy' and isn't really about the art anymore. Ambo Guy

11:02pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Catey cat says...

Surely removing this is vandalism? Who has the right to take something like this from a public place? That means I can go and remove a banish work and become rich overnight!
Surely removing this is vandalism? Who has the right to take something like this from a public place? That means I can go and remove a banish work and become rich overnight! Catey cat

11:39am Wed 19 Feb 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Take it Personally wrote:
"Banksy" is such a contrived load of crap. Complete commercial sell-out and over-used images.
I laugh at the idiots that buy this stuff, as "Banksy" is well on their way to devaluing it all themselves. (note the valuation of this "master piece" has dropped more than 50%in just a few years)
I disagree that he has sold out. Loads of people use his images for products - just look at ebay - and he doesn't get a penny for it. He also doesn't approve of selling artwork on walls like this and refuses to authenticate it. I loved the way he sold his paintings in the park in New York anonymously. The point being that he wanted people to enjoy his artwork without having to pay a huge price for it. A signed Banksy print sells for about £15,000 - so his work still has a lot of value and there are collectors all around the world.
[quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: "Banksy" is such a contrived load of crap. Complete commercial sell-out and over-used images. I laugh at the idiots that buy this stuff, as "Banksy" is well on their way to devaluing it all themselves. (note the valuation of this "master piece" has dropped more than 50%in just a few years)[/p][/quote]I disagree that he has sold out. Loads of people use his images for products - just look at ebay - and he doesn't get a penny for it. He also doesn't approve of selling artwork on walls like this and refuses to authenticate it. I loved the way he sold his paintings in the park in New York anonymously. The point being that he wanted people to enjoy his artwork without having to pay a huge price for it. A signed Banksy print sells for about £15,000 - so his work still has a lot of value and there are collectors all around the world. thevoiceoftruth

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