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Banksy art taken from London building, up for auction in Miami

By Vanessa Frith,

A mural, believed to be painted by Banksy last May, has been removed from its original location in London and is now up for auction in Miami.

According to the BBC, the piece, which depicts a boy working a sewing machine to create Union Jack bunting, was removed from a Poundland shop some time last week.

CNN reports that the artwork, which has been titled Slave Labour, is now up for auction with Fine Art Auctions in Miami. It is expected to go for between $500,000 to $700,000.

"Some people in England are complaining that the work had been stolen. That's absolutely incorrect because the work was painted on a private wall and the owner of a private wall can do whatever he wants with his own wall," said Frederick Thut of Fine Art Auctions in an interview with the BBC.

According to CNN, the piece was not removed by the operators of the Poundland shop, but by the owners of the building.

 

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