The rat has been confirmed as a genuine Banksy, the estate agents say
A gun-toting rat painted by urban artist Banksy could mean the price of a derelict pub in Liverpool will soar, estate agents say.
The Whitehouse pub is on the market for £495,000, but the 20ft-high rat - thought to be Banksy's biggest work of art - could see the pub sell for £1m.
Jonathan Owen, commercial sales director at Sutton Kersh, said it was a "unique opportunity" for Banksy fans.
He added that many enquires about the pub had been from art dealers.
The sale price includes the freehold of two three-storey Georgian buildings and a cleared site totalling about 7,967 sq ft, but not the value of the Banksy.
Mr Owen said: "The asking price is for a vacant city centre building and land... and does not include any added value that may be attributed to the authenticated Banksy artwork.
"We have received numerous enquiries from artists as a result of the painting. Banksy is internationally recognised and has numerous A-list celebrity followers.
"Now that the artwork on the Whitehouse pub has been authenticated as a genuine Banksy work we anticipate that this may generate offers significantly above the value of the buildings themselves."