Controversial Mural by Banksy Back Up for Sale
A work by renowned British graffiti artist Banksy that was withdrawn from a controversial auction is being put up for sale again in London, auctioneers said Saturday.
The mural, called ‘Slave Labour’, mysteriously vanished from its original site on a wall in north London in February before appearing on an auction list in Miami later that month.
The work, which shows a boy making Union Jack bunting on a sewing machine and is an apparent comment on sweat-shop labour, was pulled from sale at the last minute, apparently after pressure by campaigners who wanted it returned to its original home.
The piece had been expected to fetch up to £450,000 ($691,000, 532,000 euros).
The work had first appeared in May last year on the wall of an outlet of thrift store Poundland in the Wood Green district of Haringey shortly before the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The piece is now set go on sale at the London Film Museum in London’s Covent Garden on June 2, auctioneers The Sincura Group said in a statement.
Sincura said that the mural has “been sensitively restored under a cloak of secrecy”, and will be “the centrepiece” of the group’s latest private art exhibition alongside pieces by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Mario Testino and Russell Young.