The graffiti is a stencil painted by the artist, and depicts a young boy sewing (in what appears to be slave labor) a Union Jack bunting. The graffiti appeared on the side of a building on Turnpike Lane prior to the Diamond Jubilee celebration, and the location quickly became a popular site for art lovers to visit.
Apparently, Fine Art Auctions Miami claim their pending sale is legal–but really, it’s so shameful.
The town has turned to England’s Art Council for help, but it appears–for now–there is no way to stop the sale.
I hope Banksy stencils a million of these all over London–anything to devalue the original. He’s pretty clever, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing a comment from him in some form.