Enter Through the Thrift Shop: Interview With Charity That Was Gifted A Banksy Painting

10.30.13 Bucky Turco

For day 29 of of Banksy’s Better Out Than In campaign, the British street artist mysteriously donated a painting to a charitable Manhattan thrift shop, which he had bought two weeks prior for $50. The previously pedestrian artwork was embellished with a lonely Nazi officer and retitled “The Banality of the Banality of Evil.”

The painting was returned back to Housing Works on East 23rd Street at around 3PM on Tuesday, and according to David Raper, the nonprofit organization’s vice president, Team Banksy called to verify the piece shortly after. The art is currently being auctioned online to raise money for their cause and at the time of publication, has reached $301,000. Earlier today, we spoke with Raper and asked him to divulge a few details about the work. Watch the video interview above.

(Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)