Banksy's New York heart to be sold in Miami
After a fellow vandalist attack
Banksy's month-long 'Better Out Than In' project in New York ended a week ago, and people are starting to wonder what's happening with the artwork dotted around the city.
While the balloons that went up for the street artist's grand finale remain in police custody, gallery owner and Banksy collector Stephan Keszler has purchased the other balloon: the one – now famously – painted on a wall in the district of Red Hook.
According to the NY Times, the art collector "was contacted by half a dozen building owners who inadvertently ended up with Banksy originals on their properties [and] reached an agreement to buy the heart-shaped balloon dotted with bandages in Red Hook." The section the piece is on (which was heavily guarded) has now be taken out of the wall, and will be put on sale at Art Miami next month.
Despite the fact that rival graffiti artist Omar got to it with his spray paint first, Keszler till expects it to sell for up to $400,000.
As for the real balloons being held by the NYPD, they could be worth about the same, but unless someone claims them it's unclear what will happen to them. Keszler believes the building owner has the rights to them, so it wouldn't be surprising if they ended up on the auction block too.
Five other Banksy pieces remain on the streets of NYC, protected by plexiglass and gates.