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The Kissing Coppers, iconic artwork by Brighton’s Banksy, to be auctioned by pop-star Robbie Williams – sale estimate £2.5-3m

22 February 2022 – Pop star Robbie Williams is to sell three works by the street artist Banksy, including the Kissing Coppers, which could be seen on a pub wall in Brighton for about 10 years. Brighton and Hove News posted the news story by Franc Le Duc – see below for link to original story. This report 23-2-2022.

Banksy’s Kissing Coppers, alongside the two other iconic Bankseys on display at a Sotheby’s preview in London – Picture by James Manning

The Kissing Coppers was originally a stencil mural that appeared on the wall of the Prince Albert pub, in Trafalgar Street, Brighton in 2004. It was vandalised and protected by perspex, until it was removed from the wall of the pub in 2014. Also in 2014, it made news headlines when a stencil copy was sold by auction for £575,000. (see 2014 Sussex Artbeat report here).

BHN reported that “Williams’s version of the Kissing Coppers was made by Banksy in 2005 and its sale will mark the first time a Kissing Coppers on canvas has been offered for sale on the secondary (auction) market.

“The picture, which is due to be sold by auctioneer Sotheby’s, in London, on Wednesday 2 March, has been given an estimated value of £2.5 million to £3.5 million.

“Williams is also selling a version of Girl with Balloon, depicted on metal, with an estimated value of £2 million to £3 million, the first of its kind to appear at auction.

“The third Banksy being sold by 48-year-old Williams is Vandalised Oils (Choppers). It depicts two helicopters disrupting a pastoral scene from the artist’s Vandalised Oils series – and is expected to fetch £2.5 million to £3.5 million.

“Sotheby’s plans a series of modern and contemporary art auctions, including the Banksy artworks from the former Take That member’s personal collection which are currently on show at the auction house.”

Below is the link to the original story:

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