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Installation view of Banksy’s Wet Dog, transported by Keszler Gallery from a Bethlehem bus stop to the Southampton Power Plant for an exhibition, Aug. 20, 2011, photo by freshpaintnyc
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by Rachel Corbett

Stephan Keszler, the Southampton art dealer whose gallery salvaged a pair of three-ton concrete Banksy street works from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and took five other Street Art works from New Orleans, Los Angeles and England on consignment, says that public disapproval from the anonymous artist’s authentication arm, Pest Control, has sabotaged the works’ reputation and, so far, his ability to sell them. Artnet Magazine reported on the Keszler Gallery exhibition and the surrounding controversy six weeks ago.¬†