Goddens charity focus after Banksy lightning strikes twice

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The Godden family has announced it will preserve the latest work by international guerrilla art superstar Banksy and auction it for charity.


The Brexit-inspired artwork, which appeared on the side of the now derelict Castle Amusements building in Dover last week, depicts a workman chiselling away one of the stars on the flag of the European Union.

The building is owned by the Goddens, who said they were exploring their options with the London-based Bankrobber Gallery, a specialist in the sale of Banksy’s creations.

A statement from the family said: “The building is within the Dover Waterfront area and is due to be demolished in the coming months to allow for wholesale regeneration proposals to be brought forward for the Bench Street area.

“We can confirm that we are exploring options for the retention, removal or sale of the piece, in conjunction with the Bankrobber Gallery in London.

“Furthermore we will look to benefit local charities with proceeds from any sale of the piece.”

It is the second time that Banksy has chosen an amusement arcade owned by the Goddens as a canvas for his artwork.

In 2014, a Banksy painting of a woman staring at an empty plinth, dubbed ‘Art Buff’, appeared on the wall behind Palace Amusements in Folkestone.

The Goddens removed it and shipped it to the US to be auctioned, but the piece was returned to Folkestone in 2015 after a local arts charity initiated a lengthy challenge at the High Court.

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