Banksy artwork pulled from U.S. sale

AFP-JIJI

Artwork by British graffiti artist Banksy that appeared listed for auction in the U.S. after disappearing from a London wall earlier this month has been withdrawn from sale, a council official said Sunday.

The mural is of a boy making Union Jack bunting on a sewing machine, an apparent comment on sweatshop labor.

It first appeared last May on the wall of a north London outlet of a thrift store shortly before Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

After going missing, it resurfaced last week for sale at an auction house in Miami, and had been expected to fetch up to $682,000 before the lot was apparently pulled.

Haringey Council, which encompasses the area of Wood Green where the store is located, said it had learned that the sale was halted at the last minute.

Paying tribute to those who had campaigned against its sale, council leader Claire Kober called their actions “a true credit to the community.” They had, she said, “helped to stop the sale of this artwork from going ahead.”

A new mural has since appeared on the wall from where the Banksy work was removed.