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Banksy's Gift to the HIV Organization Housing Works

November 1, 2013

Does Banksy care about HIV? I don't know. What I do know is that the artist re-worked a painting purchased from Housing Works, and then gave it back to the HIV organization so it could be auctioned off. That auction ended at 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 with the leading bid at US$615,000.

A quick Google search of Banksy didn't yield much information about his charitable habits. Perhaps he cares very deeply about HIV. Perhaps Housing Works was just the perfect vehicle for the artist to transport his artist vision. Perhaps both are the case.

The end result, though, as expressed by David Raper, Housing Works SVP for Retail Businesses, on the home page of the Housing Works website is:

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Comment by: yt75 (paris fr) Mon., Nov. 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm EST
Not bad the sphinx (but didn't last long), the 911 with chrysanthemum piece also, below a little sphinge, venus ou baigneuse at the beginning, ascii edition
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