Banksy migrant crisis paintings sell for £2.2m in charity sale

Banksy migrant crisis paintings sell for £2.2m in charity sale

A trio of Banksy paintings has sold for more than £2.2m ($2.9m) at an auction in London, with the proceeds being donated to a hospital in Bethlehem.

The works, titled Mediterranean Sea View 2017, were originally estimated to sell for between £800,000 and £1.2m in the Sotheby’s sale.

The artist reworked three traditionally framed, romantic-era-style oil paintings depicting tumultuous seascapes, adding discarded life jackets and buoys, to produce the pieces.

They are seen as a reaction to Europe’s migrant crisis of the past decade which has seen hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and conflict and trying to reach the continent on dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.