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Banksy graffiti work pulled from US sale; work disappeared from a London wall earlier this month
New graffiti work that reads "Danger Thieves" is placed next to a section of a wall where celebrated street artist Banksy's "Slave Labour" graffiti artwork was removed in north London on February 23, 2013. The work that showed a young boy using a sewing machine to make the British flag has been carefully removed and will be auctioned in Miami where it's expected to fetch around 328,000 GBP (500,000 USD). Residents of the North London area have reacted angrily to the removal of the work, but the auction house says the piece was acquired legally. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS.
LONDON (AFP).- Artwork by British graffiti artist Banksy which appeared listed for auction in the US after disappearing from a London wall earlier this month has been withdrawn from sale, a council official said Sunday.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 sweat-shop labour.

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

After going missing, it reappeared last week for sale at an auction house in Miami, and had been expected to fetch up to £450,000 ($682,000, 517,000 euros) 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 had been 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.



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