Banksy mural in Dover likely to be removed and sold despite ‘worthless’ claims

PUBLISHED: 12:20 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 11 May 2017

Banksy artwork in Dover, Kent, 9th May 2017.

Banksy artwork in Dover, Kent, 9th May 2017.

Ady Kerry

The Godden family, which owns the building on which it appears, says it will look to benefit local charities with any proceeds

The latest piece by coveted street artist Banksy, which appeared in Dover this week, is likely to be removed and sold, according to the owners.

The artwork, which depicts a workman on a ladder chipping away at one of the 12 stars on the European Union flag. appeared near the port town’s ferry terminal on the side of the former Castle Amusements building, which is set to be demolished.

Property owners, the Godden family, which also owned the building upon which he daubed his previous Kent work - Art Buff in Folkestone - said they were looking at options with a London art gallery.

However, Tony Baxter, director at The Sincura Group, which specialises in the recovery, restoration, and sale of highly desirable artwork, told Kent News the piece was ultimately “worthless”, due to the difficulty in finding a buyer for work of that size.

Despite his claims, the Goddens, which have a large property portfolio, insist they are exploring options for its retention, removal or sale, and will look to benefit local charities with any proceeds.

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