In 2014 a mural featuring 1950s-era agents listening in on a phone booth appeared on the wall of a terrace house in Cheltenham, England. The artwork, dubbed ‘Spy Wall’ was soon attributed to the notorious street artist Banksy.
While other pieces by Banksy have fetched over a million dollars at auction, this piece is now selling for a paltry $300,000… and it comes with the entire 3-bedroom house it’s attached to.
Sounds like a dream except for a few small details.
David Possee, the homes current owner, has detailed the many struggles of having a famous artwork on the side of our house. “It all unraveled when this mural appeared on the side of the property,” he told local radio station Swindon 105.5. The local council, who had ordered him to remove cement rendering on the wall of his house, prevented him from doing so once the mural appeared.
Then there were the Banksy fans always showing up, sometimes forming a long line to get photographs in the artwork’s phone booth. When the mural was vandalized later in the year, the council voted almost unanimously to keep the mural intact. Now Possee wants out.
If this sounds like the art deal for you, check out the full listing here.
(Featured image via NPR/Jules Annan)