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Banksy alters painting and donates it to NYC charity, which puts it up for auction

This Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 screen shot, made with permission from Housing Works, shows their website featuring a auction for a painting which includes an addition to the scene by the secretive British graffiti artist Banksy. After buying a painting of a pastoral scene for $50, Banksy donated it back to the Housing Works thrift shop in New York where he bought it— but only after reworking it, adding a Nazi soldier to the scene. The 23rd Street Housing Works store is auctioning the painting. (AP Photo/Housing Works)
October 30, 2013 - 12:18 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The secretive British graffiti artist Banksy is at it again.

Banksy bought a painting of a pastoral scene from a thrift store for $50 and reworked it, adding a Nazi soldier. He then donated it back to the store Tuesday.

As he does with all his works, Banksy posted the image on his website. He titled it "The banality of the banality of evil." He also included a photograph that shows the painting in the thrift shop's front window.

The 23rd Street Housing Works store is auctioning the painting. By Wednesday afternoon, bidding topped $220,000. The auction ends Thursday.

It'll benefit Housing Works' homelessness and AIDS initiatives.

On Sunday, Banksy posted an essay to his website calling the design of the World Trade Center a "disaster."

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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