Street artist and political activist Banksy bought an oil painting form a Housing Works thift shop in New York for $50 and re-donated the piece of art on Tuesday, but he added a Nazi soldier to the serene scene, RumorFix has confirmed.
Bansky calls the new piece “The Banality of the Banality of Evil,” which is a reference to the phrase coined by author Hannah Arendt, who reported on the trial of Nazi colonel Adolf Eichmann, meaning that ordinary people can do evil simply because they are taking orders.
The artwork has been authenticated and is up for auction on Bidding For Good. It has been signed by the original artist K. Sager and, of course, the famous graffiti artist.
As of Tuesday 5 p.m. PT bids are up to $153,200.
The piece is hanging in the window display of Housing Works, a thrift shop, bookstore, and HIV/AIDS and homelessness advocacy organization. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction will go to homeless New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.