A mural, painted by London-based graffiti artist Banksy on a wall, has vanished from the street where it was and has been listen at a US auction website, report BBC.
The image which shows a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, disappeared from the side of a Poundland shop last week, says the BBC report. The piece is seen as being critical about child labour and was drawn during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Now the art work has appeared at a US auction in Miami and expected to sell £320,000 - £452,000. Incidentally the bidding for the art work ends on Saturday.
Meanwhile Poundland ( a British store chain), outside which the mural had been painted, has also clarified that they did not remove the art work. This was what they tweeted:
We would like to confirm that we are NOT responsible for either selling or removing the Banksy mural. We are currently investigating.
— Poundland (@poundland) February 17, 2013
Councillor Alan Strickland told the BBC, that "Residents have been really shocked and really astonished. Banksy gave that piece of art to our community, and people came from all over London to see it."
Banksy, whose identity remains unknown, is a street artist whose works of art make a very strong political and cultural statement on the current times. Naturally, the fact that his work was stolen has sparked off an outrage on Twitter. Here are some tweets:
— Alyssa Maitoza (@AlyssaMaitoza) February 19, 2013
Photo: Banksy work stolen and pegged to sell for a ridiculous amount of money Illegal art turned mega-star... tmblr.co/ZpYFlxeSetul
— Anna (@AnnaSaysCake) February 18, 2013
Banksy's work gets stolen and sold for thousands & the man the myth does nothing about it, imagine that
— Mister Trigz (@MrTrigz) February 18, 2013
Is graffiti art now in the public domain? Banksy's stolen work up for auction in Miami: goo.gl/2ZQE0
— Matthew Conboy (@northshorepa) February 18, 2013