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Banksy's "Flower Girl" Headed For Auction

posted 15 Aug 2013, 04:00 by Mpelembe   [ updated 15 Aug 2013, 04:00 ]

A mural by British graffiti artist Banksy is going up for auction. Entitled "Flower Girl," the mural was painted on the brick wall of a gas station in 2008. After years of public display, the entire wall containing the art was cut out and will be sold by Julien's Auctions in December.

Measuring 9 feet by 8 feet, the mural shows the silhouette of a girl looking up at a closed-circuit television camera sprouting from a vine.

Consignment director for Julien's Auctions, Michael Doyle said that the piece, like most of Banksy's work, is a statement about society.

Michael Doyle, Consignment Director for Julien's Auctions, saying:

"I think it's a critique on the kind of modern surveillance that goes on in our society. Basically, it kind of juxtaposes the little girl, the innocence of her picking flowers, against the modern surveillance system, so kind of taking those two elements and putting them next to each other."

Banksy, who intentionally hides his identity and real name, is becoming a hot commodity in the art world. This mural is estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $300,000 - which some see as a conservative estimate, considering that another one of his works recently sold for 1.1 million dollars.

"Flower Girl" will hit the auction block on December 05 in Beverly Hills as part of Julien's Auctions "Street Art" collection.