Vandalized Banksy Work Heads To the Fairs in Miami Beach

The original Banksy Art Buff (2014) in Folkestone, England Photo: Street Art News

A Banksy work which first appeared in September in Folkestone, a British town on the English Channel, will make its way to Miami beach, the art epicenter of this week, reports the Folkestone Herald.

On behalf of the Godden family of Palace Amusements, the building on which the work first appeared, the painting will show at the Art Miami fair. The work, titled Art Buff, which depicts an elderly woman with headphones looking at an empty plinth, had been vandalized and was removed from its original place for restoration (see “Fresh Banksy Appears in Folkestone, England“). Fully framed and restored, the work is now being sent to the sunny Florida island to be put on sale despite local protests and petitions in Folkestone.

The piece is expected to sell in the region of $740,000, a pricey sale tag indeed. But if it’s sold, all proceeds are reportedly going to the Jim Godden Memorial Cancer Trust.

The work, along with five other Banksy works, will be shown by New York-based Keszler Gallery in collaboration with London-based Bankrobber gallery.

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