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Secretive graffiti artist Banksy alters painting, donates it to NYC charity

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Banksy thrift store painting

This undated photo provided by Housing Works shows 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. By Wednesday morning, Oct. 30, 2013, bidding reached $211,000. (AP Photo/Housing Works)

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."

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