The Merrivale Stable, replete with red spray paint graffiti and ‘rat’ trademark was planted in the Merrivale Model Village, Great Yarmouth, on August 6.
Not spotted until two days after, it was later confirmed as a Banksy by authentication body Pest Control. The elusive Banksy was seen working on this and seven other pieces sited across Suffolk and Norfolk in a video uploaded to his Instagram account. Within weeks the artwork was removed from the site for reasons of security and replaced by a replica. It went on display late last year at Peterborough Museum.
The work is now coming for sale as part of the Modern Art & Design auction at Anderson & Garland in Newcastle on January 27 with the proceeds going to the Merrivale Model Village.
A&G, chosen as it is apparently a favourite saleroom of the vendor’s mother, expects it will bring “in the high hundreds of thousands and into the seven figures”.