Banksy Mural On Gas Station Wall Fetches $209k
A Banksy mural stenciled on the side of a Hollywood gas station five years ago has fetched $209,000 (£129,000) at auction.
The 9ft by 8ft work called Flower Girl shows a little girl holding a basket under the eye of a CCTV camera on a tall stalk.
It was bought by a Los Angeles buyer who requested anonymity and was the highlight of a sale of 100 works by 33 street artists at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, the LA Times reported.
The seller was Eytan Rosenberg, who allowed a group of three street artists - including the mysterious British graffitist - to paint something on his gas station's white brick wall in 2008.
He sold his LA business last year and painstakingly removed the four-tonne brick wall and installed it in a sturdy aluminium frame.
Mr Rosenberg, 44, said he and his sister want to use the money from the sale to buy a car wash.
He said he wouldn't be able to identify Banksy even if he saw him today, but he thought he shook the artist's hand.
"I remember he was wearing a black hoodie and jeans that were covered with black and white paint, and he had paint under his fingernails," he said.
Banksy, who began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, is known for his silhouetted figures and spray-painted messages.
The highest known price paid for a piece of his work is $1.1m (£675,000) for a mural called Slave Labour auctioned in London in June.
Banksy's work has caught the eye of Hollywood celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who recently bought a smaller piece for $1m.