Banksy's The Banality of the Banality of Evil Sells for $615,000

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Banksy's The Banality of the Banality of Evil was sold at auction on Thursday evening for $615,000. Proceeds will benefit New York-based AIDS/HIV nonprofit Housing Works.

The 36 x 24.5 inch oil painting went up for sale on the website on Tuesday, the same day it was donated to Housing Work's 23rd Street thrift shop. Bidding started at $74,000.

The original landscape was purchased at the store earlier this month. Banksy painted an S.S. officer (the Fürer himself?) into the picture, and it was re-donated to the store. (Here are a few other monsters added to thrift store paintings that we love.) It was the antepenultimate piece in the artist's month-long New York residency.


Housing Works' Rebecca Edmondson told Runnin' Scared yesterday that the piece was donated anonymously to the store, and independently authenticated. She added, "One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction will go to Homeless New Yorkers living with and effected by HIV/AIDS."

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The painting failed to sell, top bidder backed out.  Painting got lesser amount I am happy for Housing Works. However by shedding light on this I hope others step in and make up the difference. Please see my open letter to Banksy and Pest control at my personal website by googling my name. Cheers -Wil Emling.  

Robin Milim
Robin Milim

And in other news, they just cut food stamps, food pantries are overwhelmed, homelessness is at an all time high, and something is seriously wrong in paradise.

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