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Banksy artwork sells for $668,000, gives youth club a new lease on life

Dennis Stinchcombe, of Broad Plain Boys' Club in Bristol, left, and Bristol Mayor George Ferguson recreate the pose of a Banksy artwork, titled 'Mobile Lovers' as the sale and handover is completed at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, where it was on display to the public, Bristol, England, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. A cash-strapped youth group in Bristol has sold a Banksy artwork to a private collector for 403,000 British pounds ($668,000) - securing the future of the club. The work, “Mobile Lovers,’’ shows a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones, their faces illuminated by the glow of the display. (AP Photo/Ben Birchall, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

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Dennis Stinchcombe, of Broad Plain Boys' Club in Bristol, left, and Bristol Mayor George Ferguson recreate the pose of a Banksy artwork, titled 'Mobile Lovers' as the sale and handover is completed at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, where it was on display to the public, Bristol, England, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. A cash-strapped youth group in Bristol has sold a Banksy artwork to a private collector for 403,000 British pounds ($668,000) - securing the future of the club. The work, “Mobile Lovers,’’ shows a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones, their faces illuminated by the glow of the display. (AP Photo/Ben Birchall, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

LONDON - A cash-strapped youth group in Bristol has sold a Banksy artwork to a private collector for 403,000 British pounds ($668,000) — securing the future of the club.

The work, "Mobile Lovers," shows a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones, their faces illuminated by the glow of the display. It first appeared on a doorway near the club, Broad Plain Working With Young People.

Club owner Dennis Stinchcombe had moved the work inside and invited the public to view it — with an optional donation. The work was later put on display at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery while its ownership was established.

Stinchcombe thanked Banksy at a news conference at the museum announcing the sale.

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