Slave Labour, the Banksy mural which disappeared from the wall of a Poundland store in Wood Green last year but resurfaced in an auction in Miami – only to be withdrawn at the last minute – was sold at auction in London last week for $1.1 million (£750,000). The work depicts a barefoot boy using a sewing machine to stitch union flag bunting, and was widely seen as condemning child labour and mocking the impending Queen’s Diamond Jubilee when it appeared outside the store.
A loss for locals or a way of securing it from the inevitable council ‘paint-over’ job? What do you think? Comment below.