Controversial 'Slave Labour' mural by Banksy up for sale again

Slave Labour by British graffiti artist Banksy. Photo: EPA

A work by renowned British graffiti artist Banksy that was withdrawn from a controversial US auction is being put up for sale again in London. The mural, called Slave Labour, mysteriously vanished from its original site on a wall in north London in February before appearing on an auction list in Miami later that month.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 5:22am

Banksy Slave Labour (Bunting Boy). London 2012 put up for auction

Banksy Slave Labour (Bunting Boy). London 2012 was removed from the wall of a discount store in Wood Green, north London. Photo: BBC

A mural by British graffiti artist Banksy has been put up for auction on a US website with a guide price of up to £450,000 (HK$5.4 million) after being removed from a building in north London.

The artwork of a barefoot boy using a sewing machine to stitch union flag bunting, apparently in a sweatshop, appeared on the exterior wall of a Poundland store in Wood Green in May.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am

United colours of Beijing

ANDC, a member of the ABS Crew, fills in details on a mural on Jingming Lu, near Jiantai Bridge. Photos: Laura Fitch

The capital's graffiti artists have come out of the shadows and are finding the city surprisingly welcoming, writes Laura Fitch.

27 Oct 2012 - 11:21pm

Six degrees

Banksy (above, maybe) has been the target of art thieves, who have been removing entire sections of wall in Los Angeles adorned with the graffiti artist's stencils. When his work began to fetch high prices, the anonymous artist said on his website: 'I can't believe you morons actually buy this s***.' One of his pieces of art has 'I learnt a valuable lesson from this woman.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Graffiti blurs line between art and vandalism

Anecdotal evidence seems to indicate graffiti is on the rise in our city. People are generally in two minds about it. Certainly, young people should be encouraged to express themselves. Graffiti, by being spontaneous and a little subversive, is all the more interesting and appealing to young people. But is it art or vandalism?

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Not a soup can to be seen among pop art king's prints in hip gallery

To be honest, Andy Warhol prints aren't exactly the rarest of art, but it was still fun to drop by the W Hotel on Tuesday to check out Fabrik Contemporary Art's new We Wuv Warhol exhibit.

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Love Art

Originals and prints by British graffiti artist Banksy (including Jack and Jill, left) are displayed alongside pop art by Robert Indiana, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Romero Britto and Mel Ramos. Today, 10am-8pm, tomorrow, 10am-4pm, Pao Galleries, 4/F HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; from Wed: Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6.30pm, Schoeni Art Gallery, 21-31 Old Bailey St, Central.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Sheep show has all the hallmarks of a Banksy hit-and-run job

The hip and cool converged at the Arts Centre on Wednesday for the opening of the Love Art exhibition, which prominently features works by British graffiti phenomenon Banksy.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Love Art

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Apr 23-28, 10am to 8pm

British graffiti artist Banksy is to make his Asian debut at the Hong Kong Arts Centre next Wednesday.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Her True Colours

Bright hues are in this season and nobody does bold better than Australian designer Kirrily Johnston, whose creations are winning fans around the world.

KIRRILY JOHNSTON LIKES colours. Not just any colours - she likes luminous tones such as lime green, mango and cobalt blue, and she's not afraid to incorporate these electric shades into her successful line of casual wear.

7 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Banksy is making his mark in the art world


21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


Love it or loathe it, graffiti is endemic in most cities in the world. Some consider it vandalism, others consider it street art. Invariably, it is a form of protest, whether it be the simple tag - 'Kilroy was here' - or the more elaborate slogans that inveigh against capitalism, the war in Iraq, animal rights, or whatever other issue concerns its author.

14 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Guerilla tactics

First came guerilla gardening, the act of turning up at night and planting vegetables and flower gardens in rundown public green spaces. Then came 'guerilla knitting', where young women took over trendy bars and posh hotel tearooms for knitting sessions. This Christmas has seen two rather odd developments - guerilla dining and guerilla retailing.

25 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

East End spit 'n' polish

Please Drive By My Village Carefully, read the graffiti by 'existencillist' Banksy, across the disused Haggerston railway bridge in east London. Such 'Brandalism', as the subversive secret artist calls it, refers not to residential fears for road safety, but to the crop of shootings in the ongoing local drug war. One Friday, the Ode de Banksy was there, traversing the Regent's Canal.

28 Feb 2005 - 12:00am