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Saved Banksy mural up for sale

A Banksy mural which was withdrawn at the last minute from a controversial auction in Miami earlier this year is set to go under the hammer in London next month, to the dismay of local campaigners.

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Auctioneers: If Banksy was stolen, we will cancel sale

Frederic Thut, an auctioneer with Fine Art Auctions in Miami has called on campaigners to prove their claims that the Banksy art work 'Slave Labour' was taken illegally from a wall in Wood Green.

Mr Thut said that the company would not sell the controversial art work if the community could prove it was stolen.

We heard that some people in England are complaining that the work has been stolen. That is completely incorrect because the work was painted on a private wall and the owner of a private wall can do whatever he wants with his own wall. Maybe the public thinks they own something, but in fact the only owner is the owner of the wall.

We have been contacted by some authorities, and we asked them to give us the proof that this work is illegal to sell. As soon as they do that, we will not sell it because we do not have the right to sell illegally. We are a legal company, and we are proving our responsibility as much as we can. We will not sell this work if there is any legal problem with it.

– Frederic Thut, Fine Art Auctions Miami

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