A piece of artwork painted on the side of a garage by graffiti artist Banksy was recently sold for a six-figure sum.
In the present day living in a world where almost everything about us can be found online, it's amazing to think that some people can remain almost completely anonymous. That is an even more impressive feat to achieve when you are known around the world. Graffiti artist Banksy is a household name, yet his identity is still unknown.
As if that wasn't miraculous enough, Banksy has managed to remain relatively unknown despite undertaking his work outside for all to see. Obviously, he is very meticulous about when and where his next piece will pop up, but still. The latest Banksy was plastered onto the side of a garage in the small Welsh town of Port Talbot, and it has caused quite a stir.
The owner of the garage in question, Ian Lewis actually managed to sell the artwork recently, reports The Guardian. The piece is called Seasons Greetings and features a child trying to catch what appeared to be snowflakes on their tongue. However, when you view it from a different angle you discover that the snow falling is actually ash. Around 20,000 people have visited the piece since it appeared.
Despite landing a six-figure sum for the artwork on his garage, Mr. Lewis revealed that its manifestation has actually caused him a great deal of stress. "I’m glad to have sold it – to be honest I’m fed up with it. It has been a strain," Lewis revealed. So many people have been visiting the work that round the clock security has been put in place. Thankfully, the money for that came out of the pocket of actor Michael Sheen who went to college in Port Talbot.
Mr. Lewis also revealed that despite being offered more by various parties, he opted to sell it to Banksy expert John Brandler. He opted for Mr. Brandler as the Banksy enthusiast promised to ensure the piece stays in Port Talbot, even after he purchases it. For now, it will stay where it is outside of Mr. Lewis's house. However, eventually, it will be moved, perhaps to Port Talbot town center.