Banksy mural auction is chance to keep work in UK

A spot on the wall of a London Poundland shop where a Banksy mural was removed. Credit: Empics

A Banksy mural which was removed from the outside wall of a shop in north London in February is up for auction in Covent Garden today.

The work, entitled 'Slave Labour', was withdrawn from auction in Miami after protests from Haringey Council shortly after it disappeared from the Poundland wall.

It was later bought in a private sale in the US but could return to Britain if a bidder can match that price, which is not publicly known.

A representative from Sincura Group, which is responsible for tonight's auction, said law enforcement officials from Britain and the US had confirmed the mural was legally owned by the group selling it.