Welsh steelworker sells Banksy mural that appeared on the side of his garage for six-figure sum & # 39;

Welsh steelworker sells Banksy mural that appeared on the side of his garage for six-figure sum & # 39; – as Essex art dealer says he can stay on the wall for two years

  • Art dealer John Brandler, 63 from Essex, paid a six-digit sum & # 39; for the artwork
  • The painting appeared on two walls of a garage in Taibach, Port Talbot in December
  • Residents believe that the graffiti refers to the Tata factory of steel factories, two miles away
  • Mr. Brandler, who owns several Banksys, said that he thinks about being exhibited

Bryony Jewell for Mailonline

John Brandler, 63, has bought the Banksy artwork in Port Talbot in South Wales for six digits and said he will keep it there for the time being

John Brandler, 63, has bought the Banksy artwork in Port Talbot in South Wales for six digits and said he will keep it there for the time being

A banksy artwork painted on the side of a garage for a steelworker has been sold to an art dealer for a six-figure sum & # 39 ;.

John Brandler, 63, owner of Brandler Galleries in Essex, said he had agreed that the mural would be kept for at least two years in Port Talbot, South Wales.

The artwork, which shows a child dressed in the falling ash and smokes from a drying fire, is Banksy's first to appear in Wales and is supposed to be a comment on the pollution associated with his steel plant.

Steelworker Ian Lewis, 55, said it was as if & # 39; Christmas was early & # 39; after the work on the side of his garage in the Taibach area appeared on 18 December.

But he later confessed that he & # 39; wrestled & # 39; to manage with attention.

The new owner, Mr Brandler, said that he already owned several banking documents and proposed to use 'five or six & # 39; of the works of the artist in public places in the city to help tourism.

Mr. Brandler, from Brentwood, said, "I've been so runaway to have it, you have no idea.

& # 39; This is not the most valuable Banksy I own, but it is certainly the one I am most proud of. Because it is so brilliant. It has an instant message and it is spicy.

The mural appeared in the garage of steelworker Ian Lewis in the Taibach area in December

The mural appeared in the garage of steelworker Ian Lewis in the Taibach area in December

The mural appeared in the garage of steelworker Ian Lewis in the Taibach area in December

M. Lewis, left, sold the piece to Mr. Brandler, right, who has said that he will keep the artwork in the city for at least two years and maybe "five or six more." will bring to make an exhibition

M. Lewis, left, sold the piece to Mr. Brandler, right, who has said that he will keep the artwork in the city for at least two years and maybe "five or six more." will bring to make an exhibition

M. Lewis, left, sold the piece to Mr. Brandler, right, who has said that he will keep the artwork in the city for at least two years and maybe "five or six more." will bring to make an exhibition

It is not just a girl with a balloon or a bunch of flowers or something. This is a really strong social message.

Ian received offers from people who wanted to get rid of it and did not want to work with the city.

& # 39; But I want Port Talbot a & # 39; go-to place & # 39; create instead of a & # 39; go-from place & # 39 ;.

& # 39; I think about bringing five or six Banksys to Port Talbot within a short time. Let's do an exhibition.

& # 39; If we all work together, I think we will bring tons of people to Port Talbot. & # 39;

The art dealer said he has a written warranty & # 39; had given the artwork at least two to three years in Port Talbot would continue & # 39 ;, and added: & # 39; If it works, it can stay longer. If it does not work, I move it to another industrial city. & # 39;

The artwork shows a child playing in falling ash and smokes from a fire-extinguisher, making the residents believe that the graffiti refers to the Tata factory two miles away

The artwork shows a child playing in falling ash and smokes from a fire-extinguisher, making the residents believe that the graffiti refers to the Tata factory two miles away

The artwork shows a child playing in falling ash and smokes from a fire-extinguisher, making the residents believe that the graffiti refers to the Tata factory two miles away

Mr. Brandler said he was in Cardiff Friday morning to meet with Welsh Assembly representatives to see what happens next & # 39;

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen has contributed to the security costs of protecting the artwork in his hometown, including a donation to a protective plastic screen that currently covers the artwork.

Banksy confirmed that the artwork was his in a video on Instagram in December with the caption 'Greetings of the Season & # 39 ;.

At the end of the visual material, which is symbolized by Christmas music, the video shows the industrial landscape of the Port Talbot steel factory, which is thought to have inspired the painting.

The artwork appears months after Port Talbot was wrongly the most polluted city in the United Kingdom.

In May, the World Health Organization had to apologize after having admitted that his figures were incorrect.

The global body said air pollution at Port Talbot was measured at 9.6853 micrograms, slightly less than half the amount originally given to the city, and under the national WHO guideline of 10 micrograms.

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