The reclusive artist Banksy has made a rare public statement - to save the fate of a youth club.
The piece 'Mobile Lovers', which depicts a couple locked in a tight embrace while looking at their phones, appeared in a doorway in Clement Street in Bristol less than a month ago.
Dennis Stinchcombe, who has worked at Broad Plain Boys' Club for nearly thirty years, realised the artwork could save rescue his cash-strapped club and quickly removed the piece with the intention to sell it.
Bristol City Council soon intervened and took it to a museum, claiming ownership on the work because it was formerly on their property.
But the mysterious artist has broken his silence and written to Broad Plains, saying: 'You have my blessing to do what you feel is right with the piece'.
Banksy adds he doesn't 'normally admit to committing criminal damage' but has been a 'great admirer of the work done at the club and would be chuffed if this can help in some way'.
The note ends with Banksy's famous wit: 'I assume you're familiar with the quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln - 'Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle'.'
Dennis, who found the note, said: 'I'm absolutely elated. Words don't express how delighted I am. As soon as I read it and saw the signature I knew what it was.'
The letter, which has been signed by the artist in graffiti style, has been authenticated and could raise more than £2 million for the club should 'Mobile Lovers' go up for auction.
Banksy's rare intervention could betray something about his secretive past - the club leader believes Banksy most likely visited Broad Plain in his childhood.
Dennis said: 'I think as a young man (Banksy) went to Barton Hill youth club and probably came into my club several times at The Dings in St Phillips.'
He added: 'He's come clean to us and it's lovely.'