A mural by the elusive street artist Banksy was removed from a Miami auction over the weekend after London residents complained of its mysterious disappearance from their neighborhood.
Banksy's “Slave Labor (Bunting Boy)” disappeared from the exterior of a London store recently and emerged in Fine Art Auctions' Feb. 23 sale in Miami.
The mural depicts a boy sewing a Union Jack bunting and was estimated to sell for between $500,000 and $700,000.
The auction house said the work came from a "well-known collector," but did not name the consignor.
Local residents of Haringey, a north London borough, demanded to know more details about the extraction of the mural that once brought visitors to their neighborhood. Members of the Haringey Council sent an open letter to Fine Art Auctions Miami requesting that the work be returned.