Banksy auc­tion do­nated to anti-arms group

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

A NEW Banksy piece has sold for more than £200,000 at auc­tion.

The art­work, named Civil­ian Drone Strike, de­picts drones de­stroy­ing a child-like draw­ing of a house while a lit­tle girl and her dog watch on in hor­ror.

It was sold for £205,000 at an ex­hi­bi­tion set up to op­pose an arms fair tak­ing place in east London.

The money raised will be split be­tween two or­gan­i­sa­tions: Cam­paign Against Arms Trade, which seeks to abol­ish the in­ter­na­tional arms trade, and Re­prieve, which fights for hu­man rights.

An­drew Smith, of Cam­paign Against Arms Trade, said: “This money will be used to en­sure we mo­bilise even more people against the next arms fair, so that we can stop it from hap­pen­ing. It’s time to shut it down for good.”

The De­fence and Se­cu­rity Equip­ment In­ter­na­tional (DSEI) fair, held at the Ex­cel centre in London’s Dock­lands, hosts more than 1,600 ex­hibitors from 54 coun­tries.

It al­lows buy­ers and sell­ers of arms to meet and make pre­lim­i­nary deals.

Banksy, an anony­mous street artist, is famed for his anti-war, an­t­i­cap­i­tal­ism or anti-es­tab­lish­ment art­works.

A num­ber of other high-pro­file artists and ac­tivists have also con­trib­uted work to the Art the Arms Fair ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing Peter Ken­nard, Guerilla Girls and Dar­ren Cullen.

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