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Australian sells $300 Banksy print for $184,000 at auction

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/05/2021 Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia
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A lucky Australian has made $184,000 from the sale of a Banksy print bought for less than $300 at a museum shop almost two decades ago.

The customer picked up the piece - a screenprint on paper of the artist's iconic Love is in the Air protest image - at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art in 2003.

On Thursday night the print was sold at auction by Smith & Singer for $184,091 to an unnamed US buyer, 7News reported.

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The print measures 46.7cm x 67cm, and has 'Banksy/450/500' in the corner, meaning it was 450 of 500 printed by the artist that year.

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Print number 51 sold at a London auction for $308,000 in 2020. Banksy was in Australia during 2003, and completed artworks in Sydney and Melbourne.

The artist may have given the Love is in the Air screenprint to the museum shop during that time. 

The original artwork, which has a white background, was sold at auction for US$12.9million by Sotheby's on Tuesday. 

Banksy is renowned for his controversial and thought-provoking street art which pops up around the world, and his identity remains a mystery.

His creations are often accompanied with deep political messages, including environmentalism, women’s justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.  

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