This Is Wild

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You might have heard that last month that the famous British street artist Banksy stealthily gave one of his paintings — an image of a Nazi officer enjoying a serene mountain landscape — to a charity in New York City that fights homelessness and AIDS. It was a nice gesture and a celebrated move, and the charity immediately auctioned off the painting to help its cause. The winning bid came in at $615,000.

Well, now there’s been a twist — or two. I won’t spoil it, but suffice to say the auction fell apart, and then the situation got even stranger. Check out this exclusive report from TPM’s Catherine Thompson.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

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