A mural by Bristol artist Banksy which disappeared from the side of a London store and appeared at an auction in Miami until it was withdrawn at the last minute, is now going under the hammer in Covent Garden.
The local Trades Union Congress has attacked the move:
– Keith Flett, Haringey TUC secretary
The Slave Labour Banksy belongs to the people of Haringey not to a wealthy private client.
We want the sale stopped and the Banksy back where it belongs in London N22.
A Banksy mural which was withdrawn at the last minute from a controversial auction in Miami earlier this year is set to go under the hammer in London next month.
Slave Labour, which shows a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, was originally sprayed on a north London wall last May, ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The sought-after street artwork disappeared from the side of the Poundland store in February and soon appeared at the US auction, but was withdrawn at the 11th hour after Haringey Council protested.
To the dismay of local campaigners, the work is now up for sale at an auction at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden on June 2 by the Sincura Group.
A Banksy mural at the centre of a controversial auction was withdrawn from sale at the 11th hour.
Slave Labour, which shows a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, appeared on a wall in Wood Green, north London, last May, just before the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
It disappeared from the side of the Poundland store last weekend and was due to be auctioned thousands of miles away in Miami last night, where it was expected to sell for up to £450,000.
But a spokesman for auction house Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM) confirmed that Slave Labour and Wet Dog, a second Banksy painting listed, had been withdrawn from sale. No reason was given.
– Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council
"It's a true credit to the community that their campaigning appears to have helped to stop the sale of this artwork from going ahead.
We will continue to explore all options to bring back Banksy to the community where it belongs."
A Banksy mural, which was removed from the side of a Poundland store in North London last week, has been withdrawn from an auction.
A mural by the grafitti artist Banksy is due to be auctioned in Miami today.
The artwork was controversially removed from a wall in Wood Green, North London.The auctioneer has defended the sale saying he wouldn't be staging the half-a-million dollar auction if it was illegal.
The proposed sale of a Banksy mural that vanished from north London last week and could now fetch up to £450,000 at an American auction, has prompted the local authority to ask the Arts Council for help in recovering it.
Haringey Council has written to the Arts Council saying it wants to bring back the piece of street art, which depicts a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, as it is a symbol of local pride.
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