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Banksy artwork to go under the hammer in Guernsey

The 'Bar Code Leopard' is one of a 600 print run created by the anonymous artist. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A print by anonymous street artist Banksy is set to go under the hammer in Guernsey.

The Bar Code Leopard is one of a 600 print run produced by the artist. It depicts a leopard breaking out of a barcode as if it is a cage.

The piece will go up for auction at Martel Maides in St Peter Port, with a starting price of £8,000.

The print pre-dates a lot of the artist's mainstream success.

It was made in 2004 by Banksy, probably quite a bit before he was really well known so it's quite an early work. But it touches on lots of the themes that he uses in his artwork, including most obviously the environmental crisis and wildlife and so on. And the barcode has reappeared several times in later works, so it's quite an iconic piece.

– James Bridges, Auctioneer at Martel Maides

Earlier this year, an artwork produced by the Bristol-born artist sold for almost £10 million at an auction at Sotheby's in London - over £7 million more than the guide price.

'Devolved Parliament' depicted chimpanzees as MPs in the UK's House of Commons.

'Devolved Parliament sold at Sotheby's for almost £9.9 million. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA