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Banksy painting sells for record £16.75 million at Christie's

Filed on March 23, 2021
A member of staff posing with an artwork by street artist Banksy called "Game Changer" as a tribute to NHS staff who are continuing to work during the Covid-19 pandemic, on a wall at the University Hospital Southampton, England. Photo: AFP

Game Changer sold to the highest ever for a Banksy painting.

A painting by the British street artist Banksy sold for a record £16.75 million (Dh84.87 million) on Tuesday, with proceeds going to the state-run health service.

The painting, "Game Changer", sold for £14.4 million plus costs -- the highest ever for a Banksy painting -- after fierce competition between bidders in a nail-biting sale at Christie's auction house in London.

The "Game Changer" shows a boy playing with a nurse superhero toy with figures of Batman and Spiderman discarded in a basket as a tribute to NHS staff who continuw to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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