Photo/IllutrationGraffiti resembling Banksy’s work found on a tide barrier in Tokyo’s Minato Ward will be on display at the Tokyo metropolitan government office from late April. (Provided by the Tokyo metropolitan government)

Nobody is sure whether or not Banksy-like graffiti art found earlier this year near the capital's bay area is the real deal. But Golden Week is nigh and the Tokyo government has decided to put it on public display anyway.

Authentic or not, the anonymous Britain-based street artist would surely welcome the growing intrigue and uncertainty surrounding the piece, which features a long-tailed rat holding an umbrella.

“We sent a direct message to Banksy asking if the graffiti is truly his, but we have not received a reply,” said Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike at a conference April 17.

Nonetheless, she added, “We are planning to display it at the metropolitan government building in time for the Golden Week holidays.”

An expert notified authorities about the black-and-white graffiti that had all the characteristics of Banksy art in December.

The art was sprayed on a tide barrier near Hinode Station on the Yurikamome Line in Minato Ward. Authorities removed the part of the barrier with graffiti and put it in storage on Jan. 16.

News of the potentially million-dollar find created a buzz among street art fans around the world.

The metropolitan government said it has since been inundated with requests from art fans and curious citizens, many saying, “I want to see it.”

The rat graffiti is expected to be on display at no charge for about two weeks between April 27 and May 6.

At the same time, the metropolitan government has received critical comments, such as "Does the government support graffiti?" It said it has not decided what to do with the work after the display is finished.

Banksy is known for his guerrilla style and leaving provocative works of political satire sprayed on walls and streets.

Last October, one of his paintings destroyed itself--well, almost--with a shredder secretly built inside the frame right after it sold for about 155 million yen ($1.4 million) at a London auction. The viral stunt apparently increased the value of the partly shredded work.