September 5, 2013
The image, which was erected on the wall of an L.A. gas station in 2008, juxtaposes satire and sadness, as a young flower girl is depicted approaching the towering plant whose head is a surveillance camera. Adding an extra edge, the camera dons a rats tail – a known calling card for the British Vandal. This piece will headline Julien’s Auctions “Street Art” auction on December 5 in Beverly Hills.
Earlier this year, Banksy’s poignant Slave Labour – depicting a child-worker manufacturing British flags in complete desolation – was pulled from a Miami auction after a mass protest in England erupted. The piece remained on its original wall in the UK before being bought in a private auction for a staggering $1.1 million.