LONDON — An artwork by secretive graffiti artist Banksy that sparked controversy when it disappeared from the side of a north London store has been put up for sale in the U.K., months after it was yanked from the block in Miami.
The stencil of a young boy sewing Union Jack bunting vanished in February, upsetting art lovers in the gritty Turnpike Lane area. It reappeared on the website of Miami’s Fine Art Auctions with an estimated price of $500,000 to $700,000, but was later withdrawn from sale without a reason.
The Sincura Group auctioneers say the “Slave Labour” mural has been “sensitively restored” and will go on sale at the London Film Museum on June 2.
Local officials said Saturday they will campaign to have the mural returned to north London.