Dennis Stinchcombe, the manager of the Broad Plain Boys’ Club in Bristol, has approached televisions Antiques Road Show to value Banksy’s ‘Mobile Lovers,’ a work created last month, which has caused an ownership row. The popular series was filming locally. Last month, Mr Stinchcombe removed the the mural from a doorway in Clement Street adjoining the club. The Mayor of Bristol stepped in and sanctioned the painting executed on a plywood panel to be removed from the Youth Club where it was on display to the public, at a charge to raise money to the Bristol Museum.
The local Council argued that as the work was painted on its property, it therefore belonged to the council. Banksy himself later intervened by sending an unprecedented letter to Mr Stinchcombe giving his “blessing” to offer the work for sale to raise much needed funds for the youth club.
Dennis Stinchcombe stated that because of the high profile nature of the Banksy artwork the Antiques Roadshow cast and crew singled him out for a slot on the popular weekly show, which is hosted by the presenter Fiona Bruce. The club boss added, “I had been hoping to keep a low profile, but everyone recognised the piece immediately”.
Photo: Youth Club manager Dennis Stitchcombe at Antiques Roadshow Photo: MICHAEL LLOYD/SWNS courtesy BBC