Banksy’s latest piece of art sells for more than $100,000

Banksy’s Christmas gift just pulled six figures.

The famed guerrilla artist’s latest piece — which appeared in December on the side of a garage in the South Wales town of Port Talbot — has been sold for more than £100,000 (or 129,130 in US bucks).

The buyer, gallery owner John Brandler, says he will keep the piece, called “Season’s greetings,” in the town for a minimum of two to three years, the BBC reports. He’s even considering bringing other Banksys in his collection to Port Talbot, so the area could host as many as six works by the famed street artist.

In the month since Port Talbot native Ian Lewis, a 55-year-old steelworker, found the mural on the side of his garage, volunteers estimate some 20,000 visitors have come to see it — that’s more than half the population of the town.

Banksy confirmed on Instagram the mural was his shortly after it appeared in an eerie video that makes clear that snowflakes a boy appears to be sticking his tongue out at are actually ash billowing from the dumpster fire on the other side.

The sale is a huge relief for Lewis, who says the experience of becoming host to a Banksy has been “life changing” and hugely overwhelming. “I’m actually managing an arts attraction by myself,” he says. “It’s very surreal, I’ve been in a freefall.”

Lewis feared the piece would be vandalized, and organized security and put protective covers around the mural. Actor Michael Sheen helped pay for some of the costs, and the Welsh government offered to supply security as well, but Lewis was left to do much of the work on his own.

Now, he’s reaped his reward for hosting the anonymous street artist’s work, and he gets to have his Banksy and sell it, too: Lewis reportedly refused higher offers for the piece, prioritizing having it stay in Port Talbot.

If and when buyer Brandler does choose to move “Season’s greetings,” the garage will need to be dismantled and rebuilt.

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