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

NEW YORK

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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