'Stolen' Banksy up for auction again today

'Slave Labour' by Banksy. Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
The site after 'Slave Labour' was removed. The rat is believe to be a new Banksy addition. Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

A mural by the world-famous Bristol artist Banksy which disappeared from the side of a London shop is up for auction in the city today. 'Slave Labour' originally appeared at an auction in Miami until it was withdrawn at the last minute, is now going under the hammer in Covent Garden.

Its sellers, the Sincura Group, refuse to say who the current owner is but insist that the work is being sold legally. The local MP, Lynne Featherstone (Lib Dem, Hornsey and Wood Green), says the owners should return it to the community.