Slave Labor by Banksy
(The following excerpt taken from “Stolen” Slave Labor Mural Withdrawn From Auction At The Last Minute by Ben Rankin originally appeared on http://www.mirror.co.uk on February 23, 2013. To view this post in it entirety please click on the link below.)
A Banksy mural at the centre of a controversial auction has been withdrawn from sale at the 11th hour, the council campaigning for its return to the UK said tonight.
Slave Labour, which shows a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, appeared on the 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 tonight, with Fine Art Auctions (FAA) expecting it to reach between 500,000 US dollars (£328,063) and 700,000 US dollars (£459,288).
But Haringey Council said it had been told the sale was halted at the last minute, with no explanation given from the auction house.