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Banksy mural on garage in Wales sold but will stay in place

/ 04:30 PM January 19, 2019

FILE – In this file photo dated Dec, 20, 2018, showing an artwork by Banksy on the side of a garage depicts a child dressed for snow playing in the falling ash and smoke from a skip fire, in Port Talbot, Wales. The artwork has been sold to an Essex art dealer for a “six-figure sum”, although the mural will stay in its current location for about two-years, it is revealed Friday Jan. 18, 2019. Image: Ben Birchall/PA FILE via AP

LONDON — A British art dealer says he has bought a mural stenciled by street artist Banksy on a garage wall in Wales for more than 100,000 pounds ($129,000 or around P59.5 million).

The artwork in Port Talbot shows a child playing in falling ash from a dumpster fire, an apparent reference to the steel town’s air pollution.

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Security guards were hired to protect the work after it appeared in December on a steelworker’s garage.

John Brandler of Brandler Galleries in eastern England said Friday he has agreed that the mural will stay in place for at least two years.

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He said “I want to make Port Talbot a go-to place rather than a go-from place. Within a short time, I’m thinking of bringing five or six more Banksys to Port Talbot. Let’s do an exhibition. MKH

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