Banksy Donates Refugee Crisis Artworks Worth £1.2m To Raise Money For Charity
By Izza Sofia, 27 Jul 2020
Image via Banksy
Banksy has donated paintings that reference the European refugee crisis to a charity auction in a bid to raise money for a hospital in Bethlehem.
The works, titled Mediterranean Sea View 2017, are approximately worth between £800,000 and £1.2 million (US$1,027,956 and US$1,541,934). The paintings of “abandoned lifejackets and buoys to 19th century-style seascapes” were originally created for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel.
The paintings will appear in Sotheby’s Rembrant to Richter sale, and proceeds will go towards creating a new acute stroke unit and buying children’s rehabilitation equipment for the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation.
Banksy’s works, too, have been immortalized in a hardcover titled Banksy: You Are An Acceptable Level of Threat and if You Were Not You Would Know About, per HYPEBEAST. The 248-page book features a collection of photographs showing Banksy’s iconic works, including his graffiti from the ‘90s to his 2010 Seasons Greetings mural.
Banksy’s Love is in the Bin artwork , which Sotheby’s described as “the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction,” is also found in the memorabilia alongside chronicles of the artist’s Dismaland show and new works from Gaza and New York.
The book also includes descriptions behind the works so readers can understand more about them. The book is available to purchase on Amazon for US$27.
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Banksy’s tempestuous “Mediterranean sea view 2017” pointedly alludes to the thousands of lives lost at sea during the European migrant crisis of the 2010s. Comprising three re-worked oil paintings, the artwork was originally made for and displayed in the lobby of @banksy @walledoffhotel in Bethlehem. It will now be offered in our cross-category Evening Sale, #RembrandtToRichter on July 28. Proceeds will go towards building a new acute stroke unit and purchasing children’s rehabilitation equipment for BASR hospital in Bethlehem. Click the link in bio for more info! ☝️ #SothebysContemporary #Banksy
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A new hardcover book called ‘#Banksy: You Are An Acceptable Level of Threat and if You Were Not You Would Know About’ has just released, featuring a massive collection of photography and iconic works by the elusive British artist. Find it now on #Amazon for $27 USD.— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) July 27, 2020
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[via Dazed, opening image via Banksy]
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