Banksy artwork fetches £81,000 for Ukraine Children’s Hospital at auction

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A Banksy artwork has sold for £81,000, with the money going to a children’s hospital in Ukraine. The 2005 work CND Soldiers, which depicts two soldiers graffiti-painting the symbol of the campaign for nuclear disarmament on a wall, was sold through the “silent auction” on the MyArtBroker.com website.

The site initially only accepted bids over £20,000. However, after a rush of bidders, the starting point was doubled to £40,000.

By the end of Monday’s auction, the piece had fetched a total of £81,000. The site did not charge any commission during the sale, and all the money raised will be sent to the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv.

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It is the country’s largest children’s hospital and continues to provide treatment as the war enters its second month. In addition to treating seriously ill children, Ohmatdyt takes in people of all ages who have been injured in Russian attacks.

In a statement on her website, MyArtBroker Managing Director Charlotte Stewart said: “An incredibly generous client offered to sell his always relevant Banksy CND Soldiers print. With a starting bid of £20,000, the winning bid of £81,000 far exceeded our expectations.”

She continued: “This exceptional generosity from our vendor could not have been better returned by the successful bidder, whose donation of £81,000 will make a huge difference in the lives of staff, children and their families in the weeks to come.”

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