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Banksy's Nazi Painting Nets $615,000 For AIDS Charity At Auction

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Proceeds from the auction went to Housing Works, a charity that benefits the homeless and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Banksy work, titled "The banality of the banality of evil," was created by adding a man in a Nazi uniform to the foreground of a landscape painting purchased for $50 at a Housing Works thrift shop, according to Gothamist.

Banksy's New York "residency" ended Thursday. Over the course of the month-long project some of the street artist's work, especially his tribute to the Twin Towers, struck a chord with New Yorkers. The anonymous artist also ruffled a few feathers by posting an op-ed to his website critical of the new World Trade Center tower's design, boasting that the New York Times rejected the piece.

Photo by TPM's Nick R. Martin

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