Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions sold the Banksy piece,
on a 9-by-8-foot slab of beige brick wall, weighing close to
four tons, to an anonymous bidder on Thursday, spokeswoman
Caroline Galloway said.
"Flower Girl," completed in 2008, features a spray-painted
stencil image of a young girl staring up at a surveillance
camera posted atop an over-sized flower stem. The piece was
removed from the wall of a Chevron station in Hollywood by the
station's owner, Julien's Auctions said in a statement.
Banksy, whose graffiti and stenciled paintings appear as social
commentary in public spaces and private property around the
world, emerged in Bristol, England, in the early 1990s.
Despite having worldwide notoriety and being featured in the
2010 Oscar-nominated documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop,"
the artist has kept his real name a secret. In October, he
concluded a month-long "street residency," where he placed
artwork around New York.
"Banksy has been one of our most provocative yet entertaining
subjects to auction to date," said Martin Nolan, Executive
Director Julien's Auctions in a statement.
"The excitement in the room when Flower Girl went up for auction
was electrifying," he added.
Julien's Auctions "Street Art" show, which featured works by 33
artists, sold four other works by Banksy, including the 2003 "TV
Girl" stencil of a barefoot child cradling a television set,
which sold for $137,000. The additional Banksy sales totaled
The sale comes on the heels of a London auction that pulled in
$1.1 million for a Banksy mural known as "Slave Labour," which
depicts a young child producing Union Jack patches on an
industrial sewing machine.
More of Banksy's artwork is due to go on sale in Miami later
by Dan Whitcomb and Gunna Dickson)
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