MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A pair of possibly stolen Banksy murals didn’t let a South Florida auction house cash in as both were pulled from an auction at the last minute on Saturday.
Banksy is a internationally known graffiti artist whose identity remains anonymous. His graffiti though, is no secret to the public. Banksy’s artworks can be viewed from places around the world and are recognized as public treasures.
One of Banksy’s works called “Slave Labour” shows a young boy kneeling in front of an antique sewing machine making Union Jack Bunting for Queen Elizabeth to decorate her Diamond Jubilee. The painting appeared on the wall of a bargain store in the North London borough of Haringey last May.
After a painting pillager ripped “Slave Labour” off of the wall, the artwork reappeared at the Fine Art Auctions in Miami along with Banksy’s other art “Wet Dog.”
Both rediscovered murals have an estimated selling price of $700,000.
Art lovers of South Florida gathered at the auction and hoped to see the paintings.
“I sat through the whole thing just waiting, and…