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Banksy’s ‘Flower Girl’ Mural To Be Auctioned Off

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Julien's Auctions employee Nat Hebron drives a forklift  past a work by Banksy titled Flower Girl, at Julien's warehouse in Los Angeles, California August 21, 2013.  "Flower Girl," a 9x8 foot (2.7 x 2.4 meter) mural on brick which was originally located at a Los Angeles gas station, will headline Juliens Auctions Street Art auction in December. The owner of the gas station, before selling the property, decided to have the 9x8 foot section of the wall cut out and removed to bring it to auction.  Banksy has not publicly commented on the impending sale of his art work.   (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Julien’s Auctions employee Nat Hebron drives a forklift past a work by Banksy titled Flower Girl, at Julien’s warehouse in Los Angeles, California August 21, 2013. “Flower Girl,” a 9×8 foot (2.7 x 2.4 meter) mural on brick which was originally located at a Los Angeles gas station, will headline Juliens Auctions Street Art auction in December. The owner of the gas station, before selling the property, decided to have the 9×8 foot section of the wall cut out and removed to bring it to auction. Banksy has not publicly commented on the impending sale of his art work. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — A Los Angeles gas station owner is selling a piece by one of the world’s hottest graffiti artists.

“Flower Girl,” by the elusive street artist Banksy, is up for bid on Thursday at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Gas station owner Eytan Rosenberg says he didn’t know who Banksy was when a friend of a friend asked if the British artist could paint on his wall.

The work depicts a young girl with a basket of flowers and a security camera looming over her like a vulture.

When Rosenberg sold his family gas station last year, he painstakingly removed the painting and installed it in a sturdy aluminum frame.

Auctioneer Michael Doyle says the 9-by-8 foot piece could fetch more than $300,000 at auction.

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