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Banksy Pledges £10 Million to help turn a UK Prison into an art centre

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Banksy has emerged as a possible white knight in a long-unrealised plan to transform the vacant prison where Oscar Wilde was once held into an art center.

Reading Gaol has been up for sale since 2019 and, without a better offer, could potentially be turned into apartments.

The famed street artist has offered to sell the stencil he used to paint a mural on the facade of the famous building in March. The sale could raise £10 million to support the Reading Borough Council’s effort offer to buy the grade II listed historic building in Reading, which is around 40 miles (64 km) west of London. Read more on Artnet...

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