Five pieces of wall art by Banksy are said to have been sold for $5.2 million including Liverpool’s infamous ‘White Rat’.
The city’s Samuel Beilin and Partners has announced the sale to an anonymous Qatari buyer.
The ‘White Rat’ was previously located on the side of the former White House pub on Duke Street until 2013, and was due to be loaned to the North Point Global Group for display at its proposed Berry House Gallery development in the Baltic Triangle.
However North Point Global Group, which was also behind the New Chinatown scheme, recently confirmed that all of its Liverpool projects would not be proceeding.
A Samuel Beilin and Partners spokesman says: “They have therefore completed a sale to an overseas buyer who will be exhibiting the works, along with many others, across the Middle East very soon.”
Another of the sold works, the ‘Love Plane’ (pictured), was removed from a wall in Rumford Street last year as the building was being refurbished.
A spokesman for North Point Global Group adds: “We are not surprised that these valuable and highly sought after works have been sold but with the sale of our investment and development properties ongoing we weren’t able to accommodate them.”