The one square meter picture hung in a hospital in Southampton in southern England since last May. It shows a boy floating a small nurse doll with a mask and a superhero cape through the air – while Superman and Batman dolls have landed in a wastebasket.
In a note to the hospital staff, the British street artist wrote: “Thank you for everything you do.” He hopes the picture will “brighten up the place, even if it is only in black and white”. It was already clear then that the work would later be auctioned to raise money for the NHS. A reproduction should be kept in the hospital.
Banksy’s works, whose identity is known only to the initiated, are in great demand. The previous record price of 9.9 million pounds was achieved in 2019 by the image “Devolved Parliament” (about: Delegated Parliament). It shows the British House of Commons where chimpanzees lead the debate.