Banksy’s street art under the hammer

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Michael Doyle, street art director of Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions, stands next to Flower Girl, a delicate stencil on a massive brick wall by popular street artist Banksy.

Eytan Rosenberg had no idea that the man he let paint a mural on the side of his family’s Hollywood petrol station was the darling of the art world.

He had never even heard of Banksy, when the elusive British street artist stencilled Flower Girl on the brick wall of the station in 2008. “He introduced himself, I shook his hand,” Mr Rosenberg recalled. “I was busy, didn’t really take much more time, went back to work.”

Now, the 9x8ft artwork depicting a young girl with a basket of flowers and a security camera perching over her like a vulture is going under the hammer is expected to fetch as much as $300,000 dollars (£184,000).