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.


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