Banksy graffiti offered at US auction: auction house
This handout photo released by Julien's Auctions on August 13, 2013 shows Banksy’s 'Flower Girl,' which formerly occupied a Los Angeles gas station wall will headline Julien’s Auctions 'Street Art' auction on December 5, 2013 in Beverly Hills. The stencil represents a young girl with a basket standing before an immense plant whose flower has been replaced by a surveillance camera with a rat tail.
Titled "Flower Girl," the stencil in black aerosol paint represents a young girl with a basket standing before an immense plant whose flower has been replaced by a surveillance camera with a rat tail -- a recurrent motif in Banksy's art.
Measuring 2.7 meters by 2.4 meters, the graffiti was made in 2008 on a service station's white brick wall.
It will be sold at auction on December 5 in Beverly Hills, the auction house said.
"This rare opportunity to own one of Banksy's early large-scale graffiti murals will mark the first time a work of public street art by Banksy has been offered at auction in America," it said in a statement.
Another Banksy graffiti, "Slave Labour," was offered at auction in Miami but was withdrawn at the last minute after a controversy arose over pulling down the wall in London on which it was painted.
The graffiti was finally sold privately in June for more than $1.1 million dollars by the owner of the wall where the mural was discovered.
Banksy, who strenuously conceals his true identity, is from Bristol in southwestern England.
His work mixes humor and subversiveness: his artwork appeared on the walls of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and on a wall in the West Bank separating Israelis and Palestinians.