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Banksy's Kissing Coppers taken from a pub wall in Brighton sells for $575,000 in US

One of Banksy's most famous murals has been sold at auction in the US after being removed from the wall of a Brighton pub.

Kissing Coppers, a life-size black-and-white graffiti work of two policemen kissing, was sold to an anonymous buyer in Miami for for $575,000 (£345,000).

Spray-painted on to the side of the Prince Albert pub in Trafalgar Street near Brighton city centre in 2004, it became one of Banksy's most famous street works.

The original was replaced with a replica encased in Perspex after being carefully removed and flown to America in 2011, the Argus reported.

It had been expected to sell anywhere from $500,000 to $700,000 dollars.

Over the past three years, he said, he had sold 11 original works by the street artist. They include the controversial sale in London of Slave Labour (Bunting Boy), which last year went for £750,000 to a US collector.

Banksy, who refuses to reveal his full identity, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol.