February 7, 2007 / 4:39 PM / 13 years ago

Buy Banksy's mural and get free house attached

LONDON (Reuters) - The owners of a five-bedroomed house in southwestern England are giving it away to the person who buys the giant mural that star street artist Banksy sprayed on one of its outside walls three years ago.

The predominantly green, blue and red mural, which is five feet tall and 25 feet long, contains the words “click,” “clack” and “boom” and is in the style of New York subway graffiti.

“Some people did want to buy the house but they wanted to paint out the mural, which they considered as vandalism,” a spokesman for the local Red Propeller Gallery said.

“The owners just couldn’t accept that, so they decided to sell the mural instead and give away the house,” he added.

The house in Bristol, 100 miles west of London, would normally be worth between 170,000 and 200,000 pounds ($334,000 and $394,000).

The couple who own it hope that Banksy’s rising fame will encourage someone to come up with that amount for the mural.

Last year Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly paid 200,000 pounds for one painting by the reclusive and anonymous artist whose star is rapidly rising, and several more of his works were sold amid keen bidding on Wednesday at Sotheby’s.

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