Provocative graffiti art takes center stage


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Julien’s Auctions has announced the rare sale of an original mural from controversial graffiti artist Banksy. Banksy’s “Flower Girl” will headline Julien’s Auctions “Street Art” sale to take place Dec. 5. This rare opportunity to own one of Banksy’s early large-scale graffiti art murals will mark the first time a work of public street art by Bansky has been offered at auction in America.

Banksy is one of the world’s most provocative artists. TIME Magazine selected the British

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This evocative piece of street art by Banksy, entitled “Flower Girl” is expected to bring $150,000 to $300,000. (Photo courtesy Julien’s Auctions)

graffiti art master, painter and activist, as one of the world’s most influential people in 2010.

For “Flower Girl,” Banksy utilized black aerosol stenciling to reveal a young girl in silhouette, with a basket of picked flowers, gazing up into a security camera which has blossomed from a tall plant. In his signature style, the camera is adorned with a long rattail, one of Banksy’s signature motifs.

Banksy was quoted as saying “Hollywood is a town where they honor their heroes by writing their names on the pavement to be walked on by fat people and peed on by dogs. It seemed like a great place to come and be ambitious.”

In conjunction with the Street Art Auction, Julien’s will also present the Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction Dec. 6-7, featuring poster art — which emerged as the primary way to advertise in the 1960s.

Included in this auction will be a collection of early 1960s signs and Family Dog poster printing plates, along with printer proofs showing the artistic process behind the rare posters. Also to be highlighted are Stanley Mouse’s iconic Grateful Dead artwork.

To register to bid, call 310-836-1818 or visit