Brighton's Banksy 'Kissing Coppers' mural sold in the US for £345,000

The Argus: Brighton's Banksy 'Kissing Coppers' mural sold in the US for £345,000 Brighton's Banksy 'Kissing Coppers' mural sold in the US for £345,000

One of Banksy's most famous murals has been sold at auction in the US after being removed from the wall of a Brighton pub.

Kissing Coppers, a life-size black and white graffiti work of two policemen kissing, was sold to an anonymous buyer in Miami for for 575,000 dollars (£345,000).

It was spray-painted on the side of the Prince Albert pub in Trafalgar Street in 2004 and became one of Banksy's most famous street works.

The original was replaced with a replica encased in perspex after being carefully removed and flown to America in 2011.

It had been expected to sell anywhere from 500,000 dollars (£300,000) to 700,000 dollars (£420,000).

However, two other pieces from the elusive Bristol street artist created in New York last year failed to receive their minimum bids at the Fine Art Auctions Miami.

The two works that went unsold are Bandaged Heart and Crazy Horse Car Door completed during Banksy's self-proclaimed New York City residency in the autumn, seller Stephan Keszler told The Associated Press.

Over the last three years he said he has sold 11 original works by the street artist.

They include the controversial sale in London of Slave Labour (Bunting Boy), which last year went for £750,000 to a US collector.

Slave Labour, which shows a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, appeared on a wall in Wood Green, north London, in May 2012 just before the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Haringey Council had supported an unsuccessful campaign to return the "symbol of local pride".

Banksy, who refuses to reveal his full identity, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol.

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7:18am Wed 19 Feb 14

rogerthefish says...

Chris give the money to charity preferably an Alchohol problem based one would be appropriate, you don't need it.
Chris give the money to charity preferably an Alchohol problem based one would be appropriate, you don't need it. rogerthefish

8:46am Wed 19 Feb 14

sugar man says...

this part makes me angry:

"Haringey Council had supported an unsuccessful campaign to return the "symbol of local pride".

the Banksy work in Haringey was illegal and done without permission,
yet on the Haringey Council website there is a phone number they want you to use to report graffiti.

there are so many graffiti artists out there that are more talented than Banksy, yet they receive prison sentences, while Banksy's illegal work gets praised and the council even have the cheek to ask for it back when it gets stolen. crazy world we live in, where people in power suddenly become art critics and decide who goes to prison and who doesn't, based on personal taste?!
this part makes me angry: "Haringey Council had supported an unsuccessful campaign to return the "symbol of local pride". the Banksy work in Haringey was illegal and done without permission, yet on the Haringey Council website there is a phone number they want you to use to report graffiti. there are so many graffiti artists out there that are more talented than Banksy, yet they receive prison sentences, while Banksy's illegal work gets praised and the council even have the cheek to ask for it back when it gets stolen. crazy world we live in, where people in power suddenly become art critics and decide who goes to prison and who doesn't, based on personal taste?! sugar man

9:11am Wed 19 Feb 14

Al Bion says...

I'm intrigued about its removal from the wall. Does anyone know exactly how this was done?
I'm intrigued about its removal from the wall. Does anyone know exactly how this was done? Al Bion

9:57am Wed 19 Feb 14

voiceofthescoombe says...

Cant think a a graffitti artist whos been jailed.
Taggers on the other hand desrve all they get and more
Cant think a a graffitti artist whos been jailed. Taggers on the other hand desrve all they get and more voiceofthescoombe

9:59am Wed 19 Feb 14

sugar man says...

voiceofthescoombe wrote:
Cant think a a graffitti artist whos been jailed.
Taggers on the other hand desrve all they get and more
lots of graffiti artists have been jailed. it happens quite often i'm afraid!
[quote][p][bold]voiceofthescoombe[/bold] wrote: Cant think a a graffitti artist whos been jailed. Taggers on the other hand desrve all they get and more[/p][/quote]lots of graffiti artists have been jailed. it happens quite often i'm afraid! sugar man

10:14am Wed 19 Feb 14

the red head says...

When the art was free it was priceless. Private owners diminish it's value, it's message and it's aesthetic, but no one will ever learn this whilst money talks. Thank goodness for people like banish. They are the rue thinkers compared to the commercialism of other money grabbing, so called 'artists, whose assistants create their work. Art is as corrupt as banking.
When the art was free it was priceless. Private owners diminish it's value, it's message and it's aesthetic, but no one will ever learn this whilst money talks. Thank goodness for people like banish. They are the rue thinkers compared to the commercialism of other money grabbing, so called 'artists, whose assistants create their work. Art is as corrupt as banking. the red head

11:38am Wed 19 Feb 14

FC says...

"However, two other pieces from the elusive Bristol street artist created in New York last year failed to receive their minimum bids at the Fine Art Auctions Miami."

That's because no-one cares. It's not 2004 any more. Banksy is old news. Street "Art" is ridiculous. Grow up.
"However, two other pieces from the elusive Bristol street artist created in New York last year failed to receive their minimum bids at the Fine Art Auctions Miami." That's because no-one cares. It's not 2004 any more. Banksy is old news. Street "Art" is ridiculous. Grow up. FC

12:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

paddytag says...

Al Bion wrote:
I'm intrigued about its removal from the wall. Does anyone know exactly how this was done?
They made a copy and then pretended that the copy was the one off the wall ;)
[quote][p][bold]Al Bion[/bold] wrote: I'm intrigued about its removal from the wall. Does anyone know exactly how this was done?[/p][/quote]They made a copy and then pretended that the copy was the one off the wall ;) paddytag

1:07pm Wed 19 Feb 14

gheese77 says...

Once Banksy's work is now just another commodity to be bought and sold. It has lost its relevance
Once Banksy's work is now just another commodity to be bought and sold. It has lost its relevance gheese77

3:38pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Stoney33 says...

Man, i cant believe they sold it, cant we keep anything nice?

Surely the whole point of the piece was it reflected Brighton? im not sure it will have the same affect sitting in Miami gathering dust
Man, i cant believe they sold it, cant we keep anything nice? Surely the whole point of the piece was it reflected Brighton? im not sure it will have the same affect sitting in Miami gathering dust Stoney33

3:46pm Wed 19 Feb 14

thescarecrow says...

voiceofthescoombe wrote:
Cant think a a graffitti artist whos been jailed.
Taggers on the other hand desrve all they get and more
Vamp was sentenced to 42 months last year for his work on the scene in London. Don't make comments about something you don't know anything about.

People who say they don't mind graffiti "but tags are awful" are missing the whole point and are just as misguided and two-faced as the councils who hail idiots like Banksy/Cassette Lord as artists while destroying other peoples work.

As STEAS says "A tag with a good handstyle is like a form of calligraphy, beautiful in itself, an art form".

Carry on.
[quote][p][bold]voiceofthescoombe[/bold] wrote: Cant think a a graffitti artist whos been jailed. Taggers on the other hand desrve all they get and more[/p][/quote]Vamp was sentenced to 42 months last year for his work on the scene in London. Don't make comments about something you don't know anything about. People who say they don't mind graffiti "but tags are awful" are missing the whole point and are just as misguided and two-faced as the councils who hail idiots like Banksy/Cassette Lord as artists while destroying other peoples work. As STEAS says "A tag with a good handstyle is like a form of calligraphy, beautiful in itself, an art form". Carry on. thescarecrow

4:36pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Baldseagull says...

thescarecrow wrote:
voiceofthescoombe wrote:
Cant think a a graffitti artist whos been jailed.
Taggers on the other hand desrve all they get and more
Vamp was sentenced to 42 months last year for his work on the scene in London. Don't make comments about something you don't know anything about.

People who say they don't mind graffiti "but tags are awful" are missing the whole point and are just as misguided and two-faced as the councils who hail idiots like Banksy/Cassette Lord as artists while destroying other peoples work.

As STEAS says "A tag with a good handstyle is like a form of calligraphy, beautiful in itself, an art form".

Carry on.
Cassette Lord is an elaborate tagger.
[quote][p][bold]thescarecrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voiceofthescoombe[/bold] wrote: Cant think a a graffitti artist whos been jailed. Taggers on the other hand desrve all they get and more[/p][/quote]Vamp was sentenced to 42 months last year for his work on the scene in London. Don't make comments about something you don't know anything about. People who say they don't mind graffiti "but tags are awful" are missing the whole point and are just as misguided and two-faced as the councils who hail idiots like Banksy/Cassette Lord as artists while destroying other peoples work. As STEAS says "A tag with a good handstyle is like a form of calligraphy, beautiful in itself, an art form". Carry on.[/p][/quote]Cassette Lord is an elaborate tagger. Baldseagull

12:47am Thu 20 Feb 14

Gribbet says...

gheese77 wrote:
Once Banksy's work is now just another commodity to be bought and sold. It has lost its relevance
it's also been cropped in a weird way so that the policemen are over to one side of the frame, which isn't something the artist intended. It's a bit like taking a big monet canvas and the seller/buyer choosing to have it cropped to their liking. By removing street art from the street I also think it loses it's relevance. I reckon for all the Hype about Banksy at the moment, he won't seem so great in 20 years.
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Once Banksy's work is now just another commodity to be bought and sold. It has lost its relevance[/p][/quote]it's also been cropped in a weird way so that the policemen are over to one side of the frame, which isn't something the artist intended. It's a bit like taking a big monet canvas and the seller/buyer choosing to have it cropped to their liking. By removing street art from the street I also think it loses it's relevance. I reckon for all the Hype about Banksy at the moment, he won't seem so great in 20 years. Gribbet

10:43am Thu 20 Feb 14

Paulie Walnuts says...

So who gets the £345,000? The dealer or the owner of the building where the original was created?
So who gets the £345,000? The dealer or the owner of the building where the original was created? Paulie Walnuts

10:48am Fri 21 Feb 14

BrighterStar says...

Banksy was quoted as saying "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha "
Banksy was quoted as saying "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha " BrighterStar

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