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Buy Paint Used on Brooklyn Bridge at Show Celebrating Span's 130th Birthday

 The art show displays surplus paint that was used on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Urban Folk Art's Show in Honor of the Brooklyn Bridge
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COBBLE HILL — They don't have a bridge to sell you, but the trademark chocolate-brown paint used for Brooklyn Bridge touch-ups can be yours for a mere $25.

Believers can cash in on the memorabilia as part of an art show marking the iconic span's 130th anniversary.

Urban Folk Art Gallery, a Smith Street artist collective, will sell $25 one-quart cans of surplus paint used on the Brooklyn Bridge at an upcoming art show that honors the roadway's birthday.

Adam Suerte, the gallery’s founder, bought 25 gallons of the paint that was used for touch-ups on the bridge from the city Department of Transportation at an auction in February.

“You can...‘Own a piece of the bridge,’” Suerte said.

While a portion of the “Chocolate Brown Enamel” will be sold to the public with newly designed labels, more than 30 artists also used the paint to create works they will present in the exhibit, Suerte said.

The Brooklyn Bridge Anniversary Group Art Show will run from May 24 to June 30 at Brooklyn Tattoo/Urban Folk Art Gallery.

The tattoo parlor, adjoining the gallery, will also offer a $30 special on Brooklyn Bridge tattoos on May 23 to mark the birthday.

Suerte, who grew up near the Brooklyn Bridge, said he wanted to do something unique to celebrate the bridge’s anniversary. After founding the collective in 1991, he opened the Cobble Hill gallery two years ago.

Now in its fourth year, the art show started with about 20 artists but will bring together almost 40 collaborators, many from Brooklyn, for the upcoming display.

“I’ve definitely seen it grow over the years,” said Sara Antoinette Marie, who has been in two previous shows.

Artists will present an array of work, from paintings to prints and photographs, and this year, Marie will show a watercolor of her representation of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge Group Art Show will be held at Brooklyn Tattoo/Urban Folk Art Studios at 99-101 Smith St. from May 24 to June 30. The $30 tattoo special will be held on May 23 from 1 to 8 p.m.