Banksy painting worth $23M honors nurses as heroes of the pandemic

March 26th, 2021

England-based street artist Banksy has sold a piece auctioned at $23 million (approximately Php1.1B) to help fund health organizations across the country.

The painting titled “Game Changer,” pays tribute to healthcare workers who have been in the frontline in battling the pandemic. All proceeds will be donated to various charities under the National Health Service (NHS) as well as the University Hospital Southampton where it was previously displayed.

Banksy NHS painting

“Game Changer” painting by Banksy

It was sold for over four times its high estimated mark of $4.8 million. Banksy also nearly doubled their previous record.

In 2019, the artist sold a piece titled “Devolved Parliament” for $13.6 million. It was an oil-on-canvas painting of British politicians as chimpanzees in the House of Commons.

Though Banksy has yet to reveal their identity, the enigmatic artist is known for being vocal on issues through their work.

When “Game Changer” was donated to the University Hospital Southampton, Banksy included a note on the painting that read: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white.”

A few months later, the street artist left stenciled rats with face masks around the London Underground.

 

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