The one square meter picture with the name “Game Changer” has been hanging in a corridor of the General Hospital in Southampton since last May. It shows a boy floating a little nurse doll with a mask and a superhero cape through the air – while dolls of Superman and Batman have landed in a wastepaper basket.
“Thank you for all that you do”
In a note to the hospital staff, the British street artist wrote, “Thank you for all that you do”. He hopes the picture will “brighten up the place, even if it’s just 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 preserved in the hospital.
Christie’s expert Katharine Arnold described “Game Changer” as a tribute to “everyone who is fighting on the front lines of this crisis worldwide”. Even earlier, works by Banksy, whose identity is known only to the initiated, reached in some cases millions.