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Banksy alters painting, donates it to NYC charity

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 5:00pm  ET

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Graffiti by the secretive British artist Banksy, featuring a dog and a fire plug, draws attention on 24th Street, near Sixth Avenue in New York, on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Banksy graffiti is turning up on the streets of the city and all over social media. Banksy announced on his website that he is undertaking "an artists residency on the streets of New York" this month. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The secretive British graffiti artist Banksy is at it again.

Banksy bought a painting of a pastoral scene from a thrift store for $50 and reworked it, adding a Nazi soldier. He then donated it back to the store Tuesday.

As he does with all his works, Banksy posted the image on his website. He titled it "The banality of the banality of evil." He also included a photograph that shows the painting in the thrift shop's front window.

The 23rd Street Housing Works store is auctioning the painting. By Wednesday afternoon, bidding topped $220,000. The auction ends Thursday.

It'll benefit Housing Works' homelessness and AIDS initiatives.

On Sunday, Banksy posted an essay to his website calling the design of the World Trade Center a "disaster."

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