Banksy dubbed a ‘lifeline’ as artwork left at miniature village set to fetch £1MILLION

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The tiny Banksy the artist left in a cash-strapped miniature village is set to fetch £1MILLION for its owners

  • The small stable block with red writing on its sides, including Banksy’s label and “Go Big or Go Home”
  • The work is part of the ‘Great British Spraycation’ series of works by the secret artist

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A work of art left by Banksy in a struggling model village after the pandemic is set to create a £1million bargain for its owners at auction today.

The model stable first appeared on the resort’s attraction last summer and has been dubbed a ‘lifeline’ by business owners Frank and Frances Newsome.

Experts say the small thatched-roof barn could fetch seven figures at Anderson & Garland Auctioneers in Newcastle today.

Banksy created the work titled ‘The Merrivale Stable’ as part of his ‘Great British Spraycation’ series of works

The secret street artist's work is expected to fetch a seven-figure fee for the miniature artwork

The secret street artist’s work is expected to fetch a seven-figure fee for the miniature artwork

The works will be on display for three days before appearing as part of the Anderson and Garland auction house "Modern Art & Design Auction" January 27

The artworks will be on display for three days before being featured in Anderson and Garland Auction House’s Modern Art & Design Auction on January 27.

The model of a stable first appeared at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, during Banksy's Great British Spraycation exhibition

The model of a stable first appeared at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, during Banksy’s Great British Spraycation exhibition

The tiny stable premiered at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on August 6.

It was part of Banksy’s Great British Spraycation – a series of 10 works the mysterious artist produced along the East Anglia coast.

The coin features a rodent and the words “Go Big Or Go Home” scrawled on the side.

A person takes a phone photo of Merrivale Model Village at Anderson & Garland in Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain

A person takes a phone photo of Merrivale Model Village at Anderson & Garland in Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain

Vinny Hewison, 2, held by grandmother Alison Hewison looks at the small barn in Merrivale Model Village

Vinny Hewison, 2, held by grandmother Alison Hewison looks at the small barn in Merrivale Model Village

The coin features a rodent and the words

The coin features a rodent and the words “Go Big Or Go Home” scrawled on the side

Banksy confirmed the artwork was his in an Instagram video and was later secured in a plexiglass case, with additional security personnel employed.

Frances Newsome, 60, said before the sale: “The Banksy saved our lives because we had to close so much due to the pandemic.

“We hope the sale will preserve the future of the village.”

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