'Recovered' Banksy works on display ahead of sale

LONDON (AP) — Elusive street artist Banksy says he has nothing to do with an auction of several of his works taken from walls and valued at up to 1 million pounds ($1.68 million).

A statement on Banksy's website Thursday said the "Stealing Banksy?" sale "has been organized without the involvement or consent of the artist."

The fate of Banksy's works has grown more contentious as their value has risen.

Seven works, including a giant rat and a girl with a red balloon, are being sold by Sincura Group. It says the pieces will be exhibited in London until Sunday to explore "the social, legal and moral issues surrounding the sale of street art." They will then be sold by online auction and sealed bid.

In February, Banksy's "Kissing Coppers" sold for $575,000.

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