Mobile Phone Lovers
This Banksy shows two lovers whose attention is more focused upon their smartphones, a typical state of young people today. Mobile Phone Lovers is an extremely popular piece which received massive exposure on national, international and social media.
It's story is pretty interesting too; Banksy painted Mobile Phone Lovers on the side door of a boys club in Bristol with the believed intention of it becoming his donation toward the upkeep and continuation of the club, which was due to be closed due to lack of funding from Bristol City Council.
When the Council officials learned about this Banksy , they then argued that as the work was on its property it was owned by them. Accordingly, the police removed the door on behalf of the authority. At this time it went display during April at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery since while its ownership was established.
In May, Banksy the unusual step of sending Mr Stinchcombe (the head volunteer at the Boys Club) a letter to confirm the graffiti was authentic. “As far as I'm concerned, you can have it,” the letter read.
Mr Stinchcombe told Sky TV News that he received death threats over his decision to sell the work. “It did get silly. There were a couple of death threats that I had, people were offering silly sums of money,” he told the broadcaster after it emerged he had received bids of £2million.
The graffiti was sold to a private collector for the sum of £403,000. The owner welcomed the sale of the piece and thanked Banksy for saving the youth club, which has operated in Bristol for 120 years. “Within 12 months we could have well been closed, which means 120 years of exceptional youth work in Bristol would have been lost. "That would have been a tragedy for Bristol."
All proceeds from the sale went to Broad Plain Working With Young People, with a portion shared with a number of other voluntary sector youth clubs across Bristol.
Since the sale, Mr Stinchcombe added that members of the youth club had widened their hobbies from sport to art, with a ”Thank You Banksy“ wall erected by the side of the site.
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