Banksy Donates Piece To AIDS Thrift Shop

Two weeks ago an “unknown person” paid $50 for a rather mundane landscape painting on sale in the East 23rd Street location of Housing Works, the NYC chain of thrift shops that benefits people with AIDS and the homeless. Today the painting “mysteriously” reappeared in the store’s window with the addition of a seated Nazi soldier. Banksy calls the piece: “The banality of the banality of evil.” According to Gothamist, crowds are presently taking photos outside of Housing Works, which will put the piece up for auction tonight at a starting bid of $76,000.  Many more photos at the link.