Two weeks ago work by the world’s best-known street artist Banksy, vanished from a wall in Wood Green, north London and appeared on an art auction website in Miami. Haringey Council launched a campaign to bring it back and called on the Arts Council and Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, to intervene.

Last night, as the hammer was due to fall on the auction, the Banksy ‘Slave Labour’ mural was suddenly withdrawn from sale. Frederic Thut, auctioneer at Fine Art Auctions Miami, would not comment on why the piece was taken off the auction block.