Recent artwork by Banksy found in Wales sells for “six-figure sum”

18 January 2019

An artwork that appeared in the small Welsh town of Port Talbot, later confirmed by the artist himself to be the work of Banksy, has sold for a “six-figure sum”. The piece titled Season’s Greetings, which shows a child playing in what appears to be snow on one wall, and the burning skip bin producing the ash on the perpendicular wall, appeared just before Christmas on the garage of local resident Ian Lewis.

Since its appearance, an estimated 20,000 people have visited the site resulting in round-the-clock security, as well as souvenirs. The popularity of the work has allegedly led to multiple offers to buy to Lewis, who turned them down, wanting the piece to remain in the town. The agreed deal with Essex-based Banksy expert John Brandler means Season’s Greetings will stay in Port Talbot for at least another two to three years.

Banksy confirmed he was behind the piece via a video posted on the artist’s Instagram channel. Set to the Christmas song Little Snowflakeit features a slow-panning drone shot of the work, eventually ascending to show the work’s location in South Wales.

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. . . . Season’s greetings . . .

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