Banksy 'Labourer' Toils at Auction Again
The controversial Banksy mural 'Slave labour' which appeared during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, on the side of a Poundland shop in Wood Green is going to be sold at auction this evening, at the Film Museum in Covent Garden, London.
Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network were involved in canceling the sale of this specific work in Miami. Today, the hacked-off homage hits the London auction block.
The mural whose ownership has remained anonymous, depicts a child laborer hunched over a sewing machine stitching a string of Union Jack bunting. Banksy bloggers describe it as a statement on the use of sweat-shop child labor in cheap products sold on the UK's fashionable streets.
The painting was chiseled off the wall in mysterious circumstances, before appearing in a Miami auction. It was expected to realize up to £450,000 however due to the outcry of protests, the auction was cancelled.
It is now going under the hammer organized by the Sincura Group, prompting condemnation from north London campaigners and officials from Haringey council.
The Sincura group said the mural had been "sensitively restored" and if the piece did not reach the reserve price it would then be sold to a collector in the U.S.
One MP has asked for the owners to return the mural to Wood Green. MP Lynne Featherstone has urged the owners of the mural to give it back to the residents of north London.
"So now I make this direct plea to the owners of the Banksy piece: You have this one last chance to do the right thing."You have deprived a community of an asset that was given to us for free and greatly enhanced an area that needed it.,She added.
Tony Baxter, director of the Sincura Group, said he could not divulge who the owner of the piece was but that it was being sold legally. He further defended his company position in the following statement:
"It is only through The Sincura Group’s unique network that this coup was made possible, everyone was trying to find the true story of the pieces whereabouts and we were the only company to do so. The showing of this piece was the culmination of months of hard work and we simply wish to display it in again its home city before it disappears forever.
"It should be noted that both Scotland Yard and the FBI have issued statements that there is no evidence of criminality involved in the removal of this illegally painted mural and therefore no case to answer. The Sincura Group are making no financial gain from displaying this piece of art."
The Metropolitan Police said there were "no reports of any theft".
The Sincura Group bills itself as a luxury lifestyle organization providing high-end concierge and other VIP services.
Activists from both Haringey and supporters of street art are said to be organizing a peaceful protest outside the auction which takes place this evening from 5:00pm
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