NEW YORK - Bidding on a painting by graffiti artist Banksy that shows a Nazi staring at a landscape reached $610,00 on Thursday at the close of an auction by a New York charity for AIDS patients and the homeless.
The anonymous British artist, who has been surprising New Yorkers with artwork around the city through the month of October, on Tuesday dropped off the painting, titled "The banality of the banality of evil," at a New York thrift store, which promptly put it up for auction online.
Housing Works, which displayed the painting in the front window of its thrift store in Manhattan, has cautioned that the final bid would need to be verified.
The bid for the oil painting, which rose by $300,000 in the final four hours, was announced on the charity's Twitter feed.
The painting is a landscape that Banksy, who has kept his identity a secret since his 1993 debut, added to, showing a uniformed Nazi soldier sitting on a bench.