Banksy created GAME CHANGER to pay tribute to frontline workers in the National Health Service (NHS) for the incredible care they provided in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Focusing on the idea of everyday NHS heroes, the signed oil painting by the artist shows a boy holding a nurse doll with the international Red Cross symbol while Batman and Superman figures are consigned to a bin. This hand-painted artwork was unveiled at the University Hospital in Southampton May 2020.
This unique painting by street artist Banksy was sold for a record of £16.75 million ($23.1 million, 19.4 million euros).
The painting, "Game Changer" the highest ever for a Banksy painting after fierce competition between bidders in a nail-biting sale at Christie's auction house in London. The money from the auction will fund wellbeing projects for staff and patients and distributed to a wider community of healthcare providers both within the NHS and charitable sectors.
The artist, who first emerged out of Bristol's graffiti scene in southwest England in the 1990s left a note with the painting thanking hospital staff for their work battling the pandemic.