Big Banksy piece from gas station up for auction

By By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (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.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.