The Banksy mural which disappeared from the wall of Wood Green Poundland shop in north London shop last year has returned to the capital after being withdrawn at the last minute from an auction in Miami.
The street art piece, ‘Slave Labor’, was auctioned last night at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden, London. It was auctioned by Sincura, with a minimum bid of £900,000. The group would not disclose the current owner, but the director Tony Baxter said that the mural had been “sensitively restored” and insisted it was being sold legally. Wood Greeen’s MP Lynne Featherstone addressed her criticism at the unknown owner saying, “You have deprived a community of an asset that was given to us for free and greatly enhanced an area that needed it.”
Six identical copies of the mural reportedly appeared in Wood Green on Saturday morning, 36 hours ahead of the auction. According to The Sun newspaper, the polystyrene painted replicas were left outside the same Poundland store where the original appeared.