Bidding on $50 Banksy painting tops $310,000
NEW YORK (AP) — Bidding on a painting that British graffiti artist Banksy bought for $50 and altered has climbed to more than $310,000.
Banksy added a Nazi soldier into the pastoral scene after he purchased the painting at a Manhattan thrift shop. He donated it back to the 23rd Street Housing Works store on Tuesday.
The store put it up for auction the same day.
The auction ends Thursday at 8 p.m. (0000 GMT, Friday).
Proceeds will benefit Housing Works’ homelessness and AIDS initiatives.
As he does with all his works, the elusive artist posted the image on his website. He titled it, “The banality of the banality of evil.”