In 2012 Great Britain waits for two social events of the highest magnitude, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games. Among the poor of the planet, the difficulties persist. The use of sweatshops to create souvenirs is suspected. The Sunday Times denounces the working conditions of a seven-year-old child in India. His workshop is indirectly part of the suppliers of the Poundland chain, the largest discounter in UK.
An artwork by Banksy appears on the outside wall of a London Poundland store. A young boy is kneeling in front of a sewing machine with which he produces a string of small Union Jacks. This confrontation of British pride with Third World is titled Slave Labour (Bunting Boy).
The black and white aerosol on concrete 132 x 145 cm was framed and transformed into an installation by the linking of tiny plastic Union Jacks just released from the sewing machine.
This piece of Street art is estimated $ 600K for sale by Julien's in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills) on November 14, lot 170.
SOLD for $ 730K including premium