Banksy’s Slave Labour sells for £561,000


A chunk of Banksy avenue artwork painted on the aspect of a Poundland has offered to a US artist for greater than half one million kilos – however the purchaser has vowed to whitewash it in protest.

Ron English says he plans to color over the north London mural as a result of avenue artwork “should not be purchased and offered”.

Slave Labour, which depicts a younger youngster on his knees at a stitching machine, producing a string of Union Jack bunting, was painted on the aspect of the cut price retailer in Wooden Inexperienced in 2012.

Bring Back Our Banksy: Residents protest next to a section of a wall where street artist Banksy's 'Slave Labour' graffiti artwork was removed in north London in February 2013
Wooden Inexperienced residents protested after the art work was eliminated

Believed to be a protest in opposition to sweatshops used to fabricate souvenirs for the London Olympics, it was faraway from the wall in February 2013, to the anger of residents.

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Mr English purchased the portray, which was auctioned by Julien’s in Los Angeles on Wednesday, for $730,000 (£561,000).

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“My thought for this portray is to whitewash it for my good pal Banksy, I solely want I may’ve spent extra money for it,” he stated.

“I’ll paint it white once more, I am completed. This can be a blow for avenue artwork. It should not be purchased and offered.

“I’ll paint over it and simply embrace it in one of many partitions in my home. We’re uninterested in individuals stealing our stuff off the streets and re-selling it so I am simply going to purchase every thing I can get my fingers on and whitewash it.”

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The art work offered for $600,000 plus the customer’s premium, bringing the whole to $730,000, stated Darren Julien, of Julien’s Auctions.

Mr English, who stated he had hung out in Palestine with Banksy, added: “Then after all I am going to promote the whitewash portray for one million {dollars}. I am loopy however I am not silly.”

Banksy has apparently shed some light on the shredding of his painting at an auction


How a lot is Woman With Balloon value now?

Final month, a Banksy piece offered for greater than £1m partially “self-destructed” after the hammer got here down.

Woman With Balloon, one of many nameless artist’s most well-known works, handed by way of a secret shredder put in within the body.

The customer later confirmed they had been going by way of with the sale.

Posting on Instagram concerning the stunt, Banksy stated: “Some individuals assume it did not actually shred. It did. Some individuals assume the public sale home had been in on it, they weren’t.”


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