A mural called “Slave Labor,” created by anonymous street artist Banksy, was spray-painted onto the side of a bargain store in London last May. The mural was chiseled from the wall and appeared in a Fine Art Auctions Miami online catalogue with an estimated sale of $500,000 to $700,000.
The artwork was set to go on sale Saturday Feb. 23, but a spokesman from the Fine Art Auctions Miami confirmed that the sale has been halted. Members of the London community believe their protests helped stop the sale. A new mural appeared to replace the missing artwork, but it is unknown if it is work by Banksy.
Banksy’s work first gained global fame with the Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Will Ellsworth-Jones released a biography “Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall” on Feb. 12, which discusses the artist’s struggles with anonymity and success.