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Buy a Banksy

Despite what Banksy might think about having his work stay where it was originally conceived -- on the street -- now you can buy his Flower Girl and many other examples of street art at Julien's inaugural Street Art Auction. Ripped from the walls much as the previous generation of art was torn from the headlines, the viewing starts today and runs through Thursday, Dec. 5. At 6 p.m. that day, there'll be an auction of works by Banksy as well as such renowned street artists as Chaka, Chaze, Cope2, Indie 184, Mear One, Miner I and Risk. Flower Girl -- an image of a little girl marveling at the CCTV camera growing at the top of a flower stalk -- used to be on the gas station at the corner of La Brea and Beverly; when the owner got wind of its importance, he promptly hid it -- which, in its way, is fitting, because the things that make L.A.'s streets interesting stay hidden on a fairly regular basis. You don't know what's out there until you go see them -- or make them more interesting yourself. Julien's Auctions, 9665 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 150, Beverly Hills; Mon., Dec. 2, 10 a.m.; free. (310) 836-1818, juliensauctions.com.
Mon., Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2013

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