A BANKSY artwork of a boy playing with a "superhero" nurse has sold for a record-breaking £16.7million today in aid of an NHS hospital.
The piece, called Game Changer, was unveiled last May at University Hospital Southampton and paid tribute to the frontline workers fighting against Covid.
The black-and-white artwork shows a young boy lifting a nurse, her arm stretched and wearing a cape, while traditional superheroes Batman and Spider-Man lie in a bin.
After fierce competition between bidders in a nail-biting sale at Christie's auction house in London, the painting sold for a hammer price of £14.4 million.
Added fees gave it a final price of £16.758 million – a world auction record for Banksy, according to Christie's.
The Banksy painting had carried an estimate of £2.5-3.5 million.
Christie's said proceeds would go towards "support(ing) the wellbeing of University Hospital Southampton staff and patients".
The money will also be "benefitting associated health organisations and charities across the UK that enhance the care and treatment provided by the NHS."
The sale took place as Brits across the country today marked one year since the Prime Minister ordered the nation into its first lockdown.
A minute's silence was observed to remember more than 126,000 people who have lost their lives to the virus.
It comes as part of a National Day of Reflection, initiated by the end-of-life charity Marie Curie, to mark a year since lockdown began.
Leading today's tributes, The Queen said: "As we look forward to a brighter future together, we pause to reflect on the grief and loss that continues to be felt by so many people and families, and pay tribute to the immeasurable service of those who have supported us all over the last year."
The monarch also marked the occasion by sending a bouquet of flowers to St Bartholomew's Hospital, where Prince Philip recently underwent a heart operation.
Meanwhile, cathedrals in Blackburn, Winchester, Gloucester and York Minster today fell silent in honour of those who have died during the pandemic.
Earlier this month, a new artwork of a prisoner escaping on the side of a former jail was confirmed to be a Banksy.
The street artist, whose identity has never been revealed, said the painting was his via a video posted to his Instagram account.
Banksy's last confirmed artwork before that was an image of a woman sneezing out her dentures on the side of a semi-detached home in Bristol.
The artist confirmed the work on his Instagram, explaining it is named "Aachoo!!"
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