Detroit mural credited to Banksy sells for $137,500

Associated Press

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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