Welsh steelworker sells Banksy mural that appeared on side of his garage for 'six-figure sum'

Mail Online | 1/18/2019 | Bryony Jewell For Mailonline
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A Banksy artwork painted on the side of a steelworker's garage has been sold to an art dealer for a 'six-figure sum'.

John Brandler, 63, who owns Brandler Galleries in Essex, said he had agreed the mural could be kept in Port Talbot, South Wales, for a minimum of two years.

Artwork - Child - Playing - Ash - Smoke

The artwork, which shows a child dressed playing in the falling ash and smoke from a skip fire, is Banksy's first to appear in Wales and is believed to be a comment on pollution linked to its steel plant.

Steelworker Ian Lewis, 55, said it was like 'Christmas had come early' after the work appeared on the side of his garage in the Taibach area on December 18.

Attention

However he later confessed he was 'struggling' to manage with the attention.

New owner Mr Brandler said he already owned several Banksy pieces, and suggested putting 'five or six' more of the artist's works on public display in the Welsh town to help tourism.

Mr - Brandler - Brentwood - 'I - Idea

Mr Brandler, from Brentwood, said: 'I'm so chuffed to have it, you have no idea.

'This isn't the most valuable Banksy I own but it's certainly the one I'm most proud of. Because it's so brilliant. It has an instant message, and it's punchy.

'It - Balloon - Bunch - Flowers - Something

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

'Ian was getting offers from people who wanted to take it away and not work with the town.

'But - Port - Talbot - Place

'But I want to make Port Talbot a go-to place rather than...
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