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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:56 PM

 

Banksy mural goes missing in London, for sale in Miami



By Deborah Vankin

February 19, 2013, 8:00 a.m.

North Londoners are furious over a missing Banksy mural that was torn off a building in the Wood Green neighborhood of the city and has since resurfaced online at Fine Art Auctions Miami.

The high-profile mural features a young boy on his knees, hunched over a sewing machine and stitching Union Jack bunting. It went up last May on the wall of a Poundland department store in advance of June’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration for Queen Elizabeth II. According to the Guardian, it’s considered a commentary condemning child labor.

The mural -- which was a popular draw to the neighborhood, attracting locals and tourists alike -- is now titled "Banksy Slave Labor (Bunting Boy). London 2012" on the auction site. It’s listed for $500,000 to $700,000 and is described by Fine Art Auctions Miami as a “unique street work” of “stencil and spray paint on render with additional jubilee bunting.”

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-banksy-mural-north-london-20130218,0,2777555.story

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HarveyDarkey Feb 2013 OP
JVS Feb 2013 #1
TDale313 Feb 2013 #3
blm Feb 2013 #4
TDale313 Feb 2013 #5
ProgressiveProfessor Feb 2013 #6
TDale313 Feb 2013 #2
Bosonic Feb 2013 #7

Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:58 PM

1. Whose wall is it?

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Response to JVS (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:08 PM

3. Ah, and there's one of the questions...

With this kind of "street art". Does it belong to the owner of the property? The artist? The public? Tricky issues.

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Response to TDale313 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:19 PM

4. How did the thieves take a wall?

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Response to blm (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:27 PM

5. Dunno. The store where it was located...

Denies having sold it or knowing about its removal. Don't know if they own or rent the building. It's very odd.

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Response to TDale313 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 09:19 PM

6. The owner of the property in the US

The artist can assert copyrights, but cannot stop removal, sale, or destruction.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:05 PM

2. Seriously, that sucks.

Banksy is pretty amazing. Sad that this piece of art which was intended to be enjoyed by the public was taken and is being sold off this way. Also a bit ironic given the subject of the mural.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:46 PM

7. New artwork appears at site of taken London Banksy

A new mural has appeared on a London street wall at the site where a Banksy artwork was taken and is now for sale in the US.

The Banksy mural, depicting a boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, disappeared from Whymark Avenue earlier this month.

It is expected to fetch up to £450,000 at auction in Miami later.

The new mural depicts a woman in a nun's habit but it is not known if it is by Banksy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21562875



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