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Banksy's 'Kissing Coppers' sells for over R6m

Sapa-AP

Elusive British street artist Banksy has sold one of three pieces of work at a Miami auction for $575 000.

Paintings 'Crazy Horse Car Door' (right) and 'Kissing Coppers' by Banksy. (Reuters)

One of three works by the elusive British street artist Banksy has sold at a Miami auction for $575 000 (R6 292 512.50).

An anonymous buyer purchased Kissing Coppers, spray-painted in 2005 on the Prince Albert Pub in Brighton, England, at the Fine Art Auctions Miami on Tuesday night. The piece was expected to sell anywhere from $500 000 to $700 000.

Ashley Jimenez, a spokesperson for the auction house, said the other two pieces – done in New York last year – didn't receive their minimum bids, but interested buyers can still contact the auction house within 30 days.

The two works that went unsold are Bandaged Heart and Crazy Horse Car Door.

Stephan Keszler is the seller of all three works. – Sapa

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