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Banksy's 'Gay Bobbies' go under the hammer

Sat 23 Apr 2011 In: International News

A Bansky work which depicts two British policemen kissing is being sold by the owner of the Brighton pub he painted it on. The painting on the side of Brighton pub the Prince Albert appeared seven years in 2004 and has attracted the attention of art lovers from around the globe. The Daily Mail reports that after repeated attacks on the artwork left it severely damaged, the pub owner has decided to sell the original through a New York gallery. It could fetch around £1 million (NZ$2 million). Banksy's popularity has rocketed in the States, thanks in part to his Oscar nomination for mockumentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. In 2008 a specialist art restoration company used chemicals to transfer the image onto a canvas, and the original was replaced with a facsimile, encased in Perspex.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 23rd April 2011 - 11:43am

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