THE owners of a house valued at £5million after Banksy's latest work appeared on it say the sale is back on after a 48-hour pause.
Aileen Makin, 57, who owns the house, was due to exchange contracts for the sale of the semi-detached Bristol home next week.The Banksy mural appears on the corner of Bristol's famous Vale Street - one of the steepest roads in the UK Nicolas Makin, whose mother owns the house, says the sale is back on
But the family said yesterday they had pulled out of the sale after an art dealer valued the home at £5million since Banksy's mural appeared on Thursday.
The average house price on the street is £300,000, according to Zoopla.
They have now flip-flopped again - with Aileen's son Nicholas confirming today they are pressing ahead with the sale after a 48-hour pause.
He told the BBC: "When you wake up to tabloids saying the house is now worth £5million you've got to think about what you're doing… but it's not changing anything."The Banksy artwork has now been covered with a perspex screen for protection
Nicholas now claims the artwork - named "Aachoo!!" - is actually costing them money after the family installed an alarm system and perspex screen to protect it.
And he claims people were gathering outside house while he slept to get a better peek.
Joey Syer, Co-founder of MyArtBroker.com - which has more than 25 years of experience of art dealing and specialises in Banksy's work - believes it could be worth millions.
He told The Sun Online: "Street art pieces are not sold without authentication by Pest Control – the Banksy authentication body.
"However with the right provenance, we’d estimate this to be worth in the region of £3million to £5million pounds.”
People flocked to see the artist’s latest work after it appeared on the corner of Vale Street and Park Street in Bristol on Thursday.
It shows a woman sneezing out her dentures on the side of the semi-detached home.
The mural is not Banksy's first Covid-inspired artwork, in the summer he painted mask-wearing rats on the Tube.Picture from Banksy's instagram of his previous graffiti using rats to comment on the spread of the virusCredit: CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/ BANKSY A rat hanging from its tail grasping a bottle of hand sanitiser checks out Banksy's slimey-looking tag
New Banksy of woman sneezing out dentures appears to warn Brits to mask up