Among those in the art world, waking up to find you are the owner of a new work by the secret street artist Banksy would be a dream come true. But, according to the report of THE Sun, a British couple have been subjected to ‘a living nightmare’ since Banksy painted a nearly 20ft pelican on the side of their Suffolk home.
Since Banksy decorated their home with the giant waterfowl in 2021, the owners, Garry and Gokean Coutts, have been plagued by vandals and forced to pay for the protection and preservation of the bird, which would cost almost 50 $000 per year. Otherwise, they could have the mural removed, which could cost up to a quarter of a million dollars.
In an interview with THE Time, Mr Coutts said: ‘At first it was obviously amazing, but as things went on it became extremely stressful. I’m not sure Banksy realizes the unintended consequences on landlords. If we could go back, we would.
Hooligans trying to repaint the mural, thieves chipping painted sections to sell on Facebook, cracks in the wall and members of the county council are just some of the problems the Coutts have had to deal with. After the theft, they had to hire a security guard to guard the mural at night at their own expense.
The only way forward, the Coutts say, is to have the 22-ton mural removed, a major undertaking that over the past month has involved “reinforcing it with 12 layers of resin, fiberglass ( sic) and five tons (sic) of steel”. and using a 40ft crane to take it away.
The Coutts hope to sell the huge work to offset the $250,000 cost. “We are just normal people,” Mr Coutts told the Sun, “So we would like to sell it and get something back from it.”
In 2021, a mural by Banksy of a young girl using a bicycle tire as a hula-hoop was removed from a brick wall in Nottingham, England, was sold at six figures at Brandler Galleries based in Brentwood, England.