(Huffington Post) Bidding on Banksy’s re-worked thrift store painting has finally come to a close this week. The second-hand artwork, originally purchased for $50 and altered to include the figure of a Nazi officer, sold for an impressive $615,000.
The original painting left the shelves of New York City’s Housing Works about two months ago, purchased by an unknown buyer, reported the Associated Press. It was then dropped back off at the thrift store, with an added touch — the image of a seated Nazi.
British street artist Banksy claimed the work as his own on his Instagram account, and Housing Works, an advocacy group dedicated to issues of homelessness and HIV/AIDS, quickly decided to put the unusual artwork up for auction.