FILE – This May 11, 2010 file photo shows the founders of the art gallery 555 Arts, Carl W. Goines, left, and Monte Martinez, wrapping artwork by popular graffiti artist Banksy at the abandoned Packard car plant in Detroit. 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 during a “Street Art” auction by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — An artwork that gallery officials say was created at a former Detroit auto plant by elusive British graffiti artist Banksy has sold at auction for $137,500.
The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report the piece was sold Wednesday at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. An 8-foot, 1,500-pound section of cinderblock wall featuring the artwork was excavated from the Packard Plant site in 2010 by the nonprofit 555 gallery in Detroit.
The mural features child holding a bucket of red paint and a brush next to a message that says: “I remember when all this was trees.”
The 555 gallery will get $110,000 from the sale, and officials plan to use it to renovate the gallery’s new permanent home.
Banksy is known for anonymously leaving his work in public areas.
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