On day 29 of Banksy's New York residency project, "Better Out Than In," the British street artist purchased a painting from a Housing Works thrift store located at 157 E. 23rd St. After acquiring the art he added a Nazi solider into the peaceful scene, and named it "The banality of the banality of evil." He then donated it back to the same Housing Works store.
Today, the painting was put up for auction on the BiddingForGood online fundraising site to support Housing Works.
The starting bid was set at $74,000, and has reached over $220,000. The auction will run through Oct. 31.
Housing Works is a supportive community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to end AIDS and homelessness by advocating for rights and providing services to those in need. It seems like Banksy is doing the right thing by raising money for an important cause.
To keep track of all #BanksyNY locations, visit our interactive map to find out where every art piece is located during his monthlong residency in New York.