Banksy's "Sunflowers From Petrol Station" is being sold by fashion designer Sir Paul Smith and it has been valued at between £8.8 million and £13.2 million. The work is inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers.
According to the daily Mirror, the 2005 artwork will be displayed in Los Angeles and Hong Kong ahead of its sale in New York next month. Sir Paul said: "What initially attracted me to Banksy was his confidence and clarity to communicate something exactly as it is. I was so impressed by his observations of what was happening in the world and that remains true of the work he's doing today."
"His political statements are completely on point, really profound, really brave and consistently delivered in a modern way. I was delighted to have the opportunity to be able to own a piece of his work and the Sunflower itself presents such a brilliantly unique way of thinking about things," he continued.
Commenting on the piece's display for auction, Katharine Arnold, Christie's head of post-war and contemporary art in Europe, said: "Following the record-breaking sale of Game Changer in March, another major oil on canvas by Banksy - we are delighted to offer Sunflowers From Petrol Station this November."