Banksy Donates Latest Piece To HIV/AIDS Charity, NYC's Housing Works Thrift Shop
Banksy's whirlwind of a residency month on the streets of New York City is about to come to an end, but not before the renowned street artist has had a chance to really make a difference in the community. Unbeknownst to Housing Works, a chain of New York thrift shops with a mission of ending "AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts," Banksy's installation for Tuesday, October 29 ended up in their E. 23rd Street Chelsea location.
Titled "The Banality of the Banality of Evil," Banksy unveiled the piece on his website with a hint to its whereabouts (this one more obvious than his prior NYC work). Folks quickly descended upon the Chelsea Housing Works to see the oil painting—featuring Hitler staring into a lakeside landscape—front and center in the store's glass sidewalk display.
Thanks to Gothamist, we know that "someone" bought the painting from the Housing Works location a few weeks ago for $50, and it "just showed up" there this morning, with Banksy's little addition. An anonymous donor apparently phoned the thrift shop to let them know about the piece and suggested displaying it in the front case. Housing Works is now auctioning the Banksy piece with a starting bid at $74,000. The auction ends Thursday, October 31.