Kissing Coppers By Banksy Sold At US Auction
A mural by the elusive British street artist Banksy has sold at a Miami auction for $575,000 (£345,000), a decade after it was added to the wall of a pub in Brighton.
Kissing Coppers, a life-size black and white graffiti work of two policemen kissing, was sold to an anonymous buyer at Fine Art Auctions.
It was spray-painted on the side of the Prince Albert pub near Brighton city centre in 2004 and became one of Banksy's most famous street works.
According to The Argus newspaper, the original was replaced with a replica encased in perspex after being carefully removed and flown to America in 2011.
Two other pieces called Bandaged Heart and Crazy Horse Car Door, which Banksy created in New York last year, went unsold.
All three artworks were put up for auction by New York City art dealer Stephan Keszler, who has sold 11 original pieces by the street artist over the last three years.
Banksy, who refuses to reveal his full identity, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol.
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