A New York City landlord who plastered over a Banksy mural is likely regretting that decision amid reports that a U.S. gallery is planning to auction off a work by the street artist that was recently cut from the wall of a London building.
The Miami gallery is estimating that the 2012 Banksy mural, now called “Slave Labor (Bunting Boy),” will fetch between $500,000-700,000 at auction this Saturday. The work was removed last week from the side of a department store, apparently with the approval of the building owner.
It's an equal bummer that people are cutting Banksy's work out of the sides of buildings now, just to make a buck. Good public art should be preserved for the enjoyment of the public, given how little of it out there is actually enjoyable.