A work by street artist Banksy, made as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh's famous sunflower painting - could be sold at auction at Sotheby's for £ 13 million.
According to estimates, the price of the piece in question, which in 2005 was named "Sunflower from the Gas Station", is expected to start at £ 8.8 million.
In the painting, instead of the blooming sunflowers painted by Van Gogh - Bansky painted the flowers withered.
A #Banksy painting inspired by Vincent #VanGogh's Sunflowers is to be auctioned.
It has been valued at between £ 8.8 million and £ 13.2 million by auction house Christie's.
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The person who bought and owned the iconic painting is renowned British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, who said: "What attracted me to Banksy's work was the clarity with which he paints and communicates reality itself. I was also impressed by his contemporary statements, in relation to today's world, ".
Katherine Arnold, head of the sales team at Sotheby's auction house, said: "I was very happy to receive and hold a work by Banksy. Painting with sunflowers offers a unique way of looking at the reality of today."
At the auction house, they stated that they are expecting a huge wave of interest in the sale, after Banks' oil works had record sales.
According to them: "Through the withered flowers, the artist presents the modern man's attitude to art and the environment, which pass from the world."
The current painting will go on sale on November 9, and will be shown beforehand in London and Nog Kong.