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22nd of October 2018

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Gallery can't guarantee latest Banksy art 'will shred or explode'

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Four famous Banksy art works won’t ‘shred or explode’ when they go under the hammer next month, auctioneers today insisted.

The mysterious graffiti artist’s mural Slave Labour, which features a young boy creating bunting at a sewing machine, is expected to sell for more than £600,000.

ICYMI, Banksy’s Girl With A Balloon painting self-destructed after being sold for more than £1 million last week.

Undated handout photo issued by Julien's Auctions of Slave Labour by Banksy which is being sold by the auction house on November 19 in Los Angeles, alongside other works by the mysterious street artist. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 10, 2018. See PA story ARTS Banksy. Photo credit should read: Julien's Auctions/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Slave Labour is one of four Banksy works being sold at auction on November 19 in Los Angeles (Picture: Julien’s Auctions/PA Wire)

It dropped through a shredder in its frame at Sotheby’s auction in London.

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Now, Julien’s Auctions has stressed the latest pieces are perfectly safe for November’s event.

‘We can’t guarantee that our four Banksy’s will automatically shred or explode but they will sell to the highest bidder,’ said Darren Julien, president of the LA-based firm.

Gallery can't guarantee Banksy art won't shred or explode in November when it goes under the hammer Julien's Auctions LA Google Maps Julien’s Auctions says it cannot guarantee ‘our four Banksy’s will automatically shred or explode’ (Picture: Google Maps) Undated screengrab from a video posted on Banky's instagram account showing the moment when the street artist's artwork, Girl With Balloon shredded itself after being sold for more than ?1 million at a Sotheby's auction. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 6, 2018. See PA story ARTS Banksy. Photo credit should read: Banksy/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Girl With Balloon shredded itself after being sold for more than £1 million (Picture: Banksy/PA)

The auction will be held in LA on November 19 and will see other Banksy works go on sale, including Crazy Horse for around £95,000 and TV Girl for approximately £45,000.

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But Slave Labour was believed to be a rebuke of the use of sweatshop labour to produce celebratory products for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics in 2012.

It first appeared on the side of a Poundland shop in Wood Green, north London, in May of that year.

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