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A re-painted painting by Banksy, which sold at auction for $615,000 on Oct. 31, 2013 with the proceeds going to charity. (banksyny.com)

Elusive street artist 'Banksy' takes New York

Yahoo NewsOctober 28, 2013

The secretive street artist Banksy ended his self-announced monthlong residency in New York City with a final piece of graffiti, a $615,000 painting donated to charity and a debate: Is he a jerk or a genius?

Banksy, who created a new picture, video or prank every day of October somewhere in the city, spent his last day like thousands of graffiti artists before him: He tagged a building near a highway with his name in giant bubble letters. The twist was that these letters were actual bubbles: balloon-like inflatables stuck to a wall near the Long Island Expressway in Queens. (AP)