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Banksy, Mediterranean sea view 2017 (2017)
Banksy, Mediterranean sea view 2017 (2017)via Instagram/@sothebys

Banksy donates refugee crisis paintings to raise funds for a hospital

The artworks were previously on display at Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

Banksy has donated a series of paintings to an upcoming charity auction that will raise money for a Bethlehem hospital. The triptych, titled Mediterranean sea view 2017, is estimated to fetch between £800,000 and £1.2 million.

Created in 2017, Mediterranean sea view 2017 adds lifejackets and lifebuoys into 19th Century-style seascapes to create dark, ironic scenes that comment on the refugee crisis.

The artwork was originally created for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel on the West Bank – aka the hotel with “the worst view in the world” – where it’s been on display for the last three years, along with several of Banksy’s other political artworks, soundtracked by Massive Attack.

All of the proceeds from the oil paintings, when they’re auctioned off in the Sotheby’s “Rembrandt to Richter” sale on July 28, will go towards building a new acute stroke unit and purchasing children’s rehabilitation equipment for BASR (Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation), as explained in the listing.

In recent months, Banksy has also donated a painting to an NHS hospital in Southampton, paying tribute to medical staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.

View more images of Mediterranean sea view 2017 in the post below.