Thank you from Banksy

Painting for Saints or Game Changer is a 2020 painting by Banksy, who donated it to the Southampton General Hospital in Southern England, United Kingdom. The artwork depicts a child playing with a toy nurse, having selected the toy over superheroes Batman and Spider-Man, and was unveiled during the COVID-19 pandemic. The painting is largely monochrome apart from a red cross on the nurse’s uniform. It was delivered to the hospital together with a note: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white”.[1] The hospital titled the artwork Painting for Saints, which references “The Saints”, a nickname for Southampton F.C..[2] Banksy himself posted the image on his Instagram account with the caption “Game Changer”.[3]

The artwork remained at the hospital until it was auctioned off to benefit charities affiliated with the National Health Service.[3] It was sold for £14.4m (£16.8m including buyer premium) on 23 March 2021, which is a record for a work by Banksy.[4][5]


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