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Banksy, ‘Game Changer’, 2020. Sold in 2021 for over $23,000,000, setting a new auction record for the artist.


In May of 2020, an unsuspecting children’s hospital in England received this Banksy painting along with the note, “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white”

The work is a celebration of all the first responders helping with the COVID pandemic; the child has discarded his typical superhero figures to play with a uniformed, masked, and caped nurse.

The proceeds from the sale of this artwork went towards supporting the University Hospital Southampton staff and patients, as well as other healthcare organizations.

Model motorized boats crammed with migrants, paparazzi photographing a dead Cinderella, and a pocket money loans kiosk offering cash to kids at an interest rate of 5,000% – these are just some of the installations in Banksy’s new art show, Dismaland bemusement park, which opens on Weston-super-Mare seafront o. The two-minute trailer reveals some of the works by 58 artists, including Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer, installed across the 2.5-acre site.

Banksy used an anonymous old man to sell several of his original works for US$60 ($63.60) from a stall in New York’s Central Park on Sunday.

The paintings are actually worth around $42,400 each.

The total takings were $445, despite the sold art being worth an estimated $233,200 to $339,200.

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A Los Angeles mural by graffiti artist Banksy is up for auction. Estimated to fetch $150k to $300k. 

Banksy is a pseudonym for an elusive British graffiti artist who first emerged in Bristol, England, as part of an underground group of artists. He has become known for his trademark spray-paint stencils that offer social commentary.

He intentionally hides his identity and real name, but verifies his works by featuring them on his website (www.banksy.co.uk).

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