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Gaza man feels duped after selling Banksy mural for $175

 Reuters 07 April 2019

A Palestinian man from northern Gaza has been left frustrated after selling his bombed-out doorway to a local artist without realizing that the image painted on it was by Banksy and could be worth a small fortune. The man who bought the mural, graffiti artist and journalist Belal Khaled, said he had no plans to give the door back and no plans to sell it "at present" and is considering offers to display it in international galleries to speak about the suffering of Gaza and the agonies of war. Pieces by the British street artist regularly sell for more than $500,000. Reuters reports. (407 Words) - By Nidal al-Mughrabi

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The doorway of a destroyed house, which was painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen inside the gallery of a local Palestinian artist after he bought it from the house's owner, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip April 1, 2019. A Palestinian man was lamenting his misfortune on Wednesday after selling his bombed-out doorway to a local artist without realizing that the image painted on it was by Banksy and could be worth a small fortune.Photo: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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A Palestinian boy looks through the frame of a destroyed house doorway, on which British street artist Banksy painted an image of a goddess holding her head in her hand, after the door with the painted image was sold in the northern Gaza Strip April 1, 2019.Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem


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