September auction planned of Banksy work from ex-auto plant

DETROIT (AP) – An auction is planned for an artwork that gallery officials say the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy created at a former Detroit auto plant.

It’s listed among works being sold Sept. 30 during a “Street Art” auction by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

An 8-foot, 1,500-pound section of cinderblock wall featuring the stenciled artwork was removed from the Packard Plant site in 2010. It features a figure of a child holding a bucket of red paint and brush alongside the message: “I remember when all this was trees.”

Last year, 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios said a sale was planned to expand the Detroit gallery’s programming.

Banksy is an international figure in street art known for traveling the world and anonymously leaving his signature pieces in public areas.

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