LONDON — A cash-strapped youth group in Bristol has sold a Banksy artwork to a private collector for $668,000 – securing the future of the club.
The work, “Mobile Lovers,” shows a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones, their faces illuminated by the glow of the display. It first appeared on a doorway near the club, Broad Plain Working With Young People.
Club owner Dennis Stinchcombe had moved the work inside and invited the public to view it – with an optional donation.
The work was later put on display at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery while its ownership was established.
Stinchcombe thanked Banksy at a news conference at the museum announcing the sale.