Banksy ‘child labor’ mural torn from London shop wall, surfaces in US auction

Banksy Slave Labor mural

A missing mural by renowned street artist Banksy has re-emerged for sale in an online auction, and neighborhood residents are understandably outraged. The mural, which depicts a young boy toiling over a sewing machine making Union Jack textiles, was discovered last year on the wall of a Poundland discount shop in the Wood Green neighborhood of London. Residents noticed scaffolding and tarps surrounding the artwork last Wednesday, and by Friday only a hole in the wall remained. A few days later, the work was listed for sale by a dealer in Miami on an online auction site, with an estimated value between $ 500,000 and $ 700,000.

The piece was widely interpreted to be a critique of child labor, believed to have a part in producing many of…

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