(500) Days of Photographs: Day 487


Brighton Street Art 4

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Banksy’s famed Kissing Coppers first adorned a Brighton pub and has something of a chequered history. First appearing in 2004, it was vandalised a couple of years later and all but obliterated. It was carefully restored by the owners of the pub and kept behind perspex. In 2008 it was removed by specialists with a view to being sold, and a replica put in its place. The original sold for £345,000 ($577,000) earlier this year in Miami.

This version, however, is not the original; it is not even the replacement. It stands proud on the wall of the old Astoria cinema in Brighton, several metres high.

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