Banksy Painting for UK Health Workers Sells at a Record US$23 Million
Graffiti artist Banksy’s painting sold for a record high of $ 23.1 million on Tuesday. All proceeds went to the UK public health staff.
The painting, titled Game Changer, was originally donated by Banksy to University Hospital Southampton in English in May 2020 during the first wave of Covid-19 as a thank you to the frontline staff. There was also a note next to the painting that said, “Thank you for everything you do. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s just black and white. “According to Christie’s auction house, a charitable auction was always Banksy’s intention for the piece.
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Game Changer headlined Christie’s 20th century art night sales and grossed an estimated $ 5 million. This was the surprise when the piece sold for more than four times its original estimate. This auction price is nearly double the previous Banksy record of $ 13.6 million from the artist’s 2009 painting that sold in 2019.
Over the past year, Banksy has created several pandemic-related works of art, including an installation of masked stencil rats on the London Underground and a mural of a woman sneezing in Totterdown.
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