Banksy mural which disappeared from London wall has been withdrawn from auction
A Banksy mural which has been at the centre of a row over its auction has been withdrawn from sale.
The artwork, called Slave Labour, depicts a boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting.
It disappeared from the side of a store in north London and was due to be sold at a Miami auction house for an estimated £450,000.
But a spokesman for Fine Art Auctions said the mural had now been withdrawn for sale but no explanation was given.
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Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober said: “It’s a true credit to the community that their campaigning seemed to have helped to stop the sale of this artwork from going ahead.
"We will continue to explore all options to bring back Banksy to the community where it belongs.”
Slave Labour first appeared on the wall in Wood Green last May, shortly before the celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
It is understood that a bid £262,450 had been made before the auction of the artwork was halted.
A new mural that has appeared on the north London wall depicts a woman in a nun's habit but it is not known if it is a Banksy.