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On occasion, Christie's has a direct financial int… Read more Property from the Private Collection of Sir Paul Smith

Sunflowers from Petrol Station

Sunflowers from Petrol Station
signed ‘Banksy’ (center left); signed and dated ‘BANKSY OCTOBER 2005’ (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas, in artist's frame
40 5/8 x 34 3/8 in. (102.6 x 87.5 cm.)
Executed in 2005. This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Pest Control.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, 2005
Banksy, Wall and Piece, London, 2005, p. 132 (illustrated).
London, 100 Westbourne Grove, Crude Oils: A Gallery of Re-mixed Masterpieces, Vandalism and Vermin, October 2005.
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