The graffiti painting by Banksy sold for a record high of $ 23.1 million on Tuesday, with all proceeds going to British public health staff.
Image, titled Change the game, Banksy originally donated it to Southampton University Hospital in English in May 2020 during the first wave of Covid-19 as a gesture of gratitude to workers at the front. The picture includes a note that says: “Thank you for everything you do. I hope this will brighten up the place a bit, even if it’s only black and white. “According to Christie’s auction house, the charity auction has always been Banksy’s intention for that piece.
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Headlining Christie’s Evening Art Evening Sale, Change the game it was estimated to reach $ 5 million, hence the surprise when the piece sold for more than four times the original estimate. This auction price is almost double compared to Banksy’s previous record of 13.6 million US dollars from the artist’s painting Transferred Parliament from 2009, which was sold in 2019.
Over the past year, Banksy has created several works of art related to the pandemic, including the installation of the London Underground by masked stencil rats, as well as a mural of a woman sneezing in Totterdown.
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