Fine Art Auctions of Miami seemed to feel most of the pressure over Banksy’s Slave Labour sale and finally prevailed upon the seller to pull the work from Saturday’s auction but not before a bid appears to have been made:
An FAAM spokesman said: “Although there are no legal issues whatsoever regarding the sale of lots six and seven by Banksy, FAAM convinced its consignors to withdraw these lots from the auction and take back the power of authority of these works.”
The mural was due to feature as lot six in the Modern, Contemporary and Street Art sale last night.
It appeared that a starting bid of 400,000 US dollars (£262,450) had been made before the auction of the art work was halted.
Now bring back Banksy boy: Slave Labour mural withdrawn from auction at last minute (Evening Standard)