A Banksy-inspred artist is to auction off a piece of his work with the help of a TV celebrity auctioneer.
Deaf artist Sam Perkins from Nuneaton wanted to raise funds for Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS), which helps those facing homelessness and poverty.
He called on celebrity auctioneer Adam Partridge, known for appearing on TV's Flog It! Bargain Hunt and Cash in the Attic, to help him auction off a piece of his Banksy-inspired work.
In what is a first for the 27-year-old, the charity auction will take place online on Thursday, May 13.
The Longshoot resident explained that his piece of work was inspired after he bought a piece of memorabilia from Network Rail who were protecting the ‘God Bless Birmingham’ artwork created by Banksy in December 2019.
During their efforts to preserve the artwork, Sam and several onlookers witnessed the Network Rail maintenance team accidentally split the protective Perspex sheet in two.
After making enquiries, he said he was able to buy the smaller piece in exchange for a donation to the Midland Langar Seva Society as suggested by Network Rail.
‘I have been extremely impressed by the amazing hard work of MLSS who are supporting people without prejudice of race, religion or background," he said.
"Just like Banksy, I want to auction off my work to help and do more for them."
The item going to auction is a 3-dimensional diorama featuring a Lego vagrant on a bench and painted reindeer stencilled in the background.
It is a one-off piece built by Perkins, and it is signed and titled to mount. It is framed and displayed behind clear Perspex with a certificate of authenticity on the reverse. It’s dimensions are 22 x 42.3 x 8cm.
The artwork, named Bricksy, is lot number 213.
The auction is due to be held at 10am and can be found online here