As the Mobile Lovers saga nears an end, life-long owner of the Broad Plain Boys Club, Dennis Stinchcombe, is weighing up offers from a number of different sources.
But, none so revered in the antique & art world (possibly) as the Antiques Roadshow.
The piece, which has been officially claimed by Banksy himself, and confirmed as a “visual gift”, received bids in excess of £1million, but Dennis has kept true to his word by seeking out only the most respected of potential new owners.
Amongst this bunch of cash-rich art lovers is the Roadshow with a tidy bid in the region of £400,000 – not to be sniffed at.
Whilst filming in Bristol, Dennis managed to get the rare and original artwork valued by the show’s experts. It seems as though the reputation of both Dennis and the mural precedes them as everyone at the mansion house recognised them immediately.
Gallery owner and expert, Rupert Maas, told Dennis that selling the artwork for £400,000 would be a ‘good deal’.
The youth club owner said:
I am looking to sell the Banksy at the highest price, and I just took it down to get an expert opinion. I’m not an art dealer and I’ve got no idea what I am doing. He said it was like everything else – Banksy is an incredibly hard thing to put a price on. And the reason behind that is there are no set fees or prices, but it is a very unique piece.
They also said in real terms, if somebody offers me £400,000, that would be a good deal. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and it is better to just get the money in the bank.
I could take it to auction and get no more for it, so we are in between a rock and hard place really, on making a decision. But the people there today were amazing, everyone was going mad for it. Everyone was taking photos and gathering round. I was hoping to keep it quiet but everyone saw me there, and I guess it will end up on TV now.
But I am just trying to do my job properly and get the most money for my boys.
Mobile Lovers is worth that much more than other Banksy originals due to the handwritten note of authenticity that arrived at the youth club, delivered by the artist himself, soon after the council got their grubby mitts on it. Banksy stepped in and the artwork was sent back where it belongs.
Here’s some of what the B-man said in the letter…
I don’t normally admit to committing criminal damage but seeing as it looks like charges won’t be brought anytime soon you have my blessing to do what you feel is right with the piece.
I’m a great admirer of the work done at the club and would be chuffed if this can help in some way.
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