Banksy’s now notorious mural of an artist at work outside London’s Portobello Post production studio is still up for sale, contrary to reports today.
According to a spokeswoman for the post house, the auction, which was begun last Friday, is still ongoing and a number of bidders are continuing to register private bids off-line. No date has yet been set for the close of the bids, she explains.
The public Ebay bids closed last night just after 7pm, with a high bid of £208 100, but private bidders including galleries and individuals are understood to still be in talks with Portobello Post founder Luti Fagbenle, who is behind the sale.
These ongoing bids to acquire the section of wall mean that its final price could soar above previous records set by Banksy’s work. Last April, his painting Space Girl and Bird is reported to have fetched £288 000 at Bonhams.
Banksy’s representatives have confirmed the authenticity of the artwork but have not yet commented publicly on the sale of the work.
Portobello Post covered the work in a protective plastic cover this week, as several threats to spoil the work were posted on-line.
The work has already been tagged in the bottom right-hand corner, but this addition is on top of the plastic sheeting and does not affect the wall itself, the spokeswoman confirms.