Auction of Banksy work to raise funds for Ukraine receives ‘flood of bids’

An auction of a rare piece by Bristol-based street artist Banksy to raise money for children in Ukraine is now only accepting bids over £40,000.

he 2005 work CND Soldiers, which depicts two soldiers graffiti-painting the symbol of the campaign for nuclear disarmament on a wall, will be auctioned off through the ‘silent auction’ on the website.

The work was put up for sale by an anonymous donor on Friday with a starting bid of £20,000, and all money raised will be sent directly to Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv.

We are impressed by the incredible generosity shown in a flurry of bids over the weekend, doubling the opening bid in hoursJoey Syer

MyArtBroker said on Monday that new bids must be at least double the original starting bid.

Joey Syer, Head of Urban and Contemporary at MyArtBroker, said: “We are impressed by the incredible generosity shown in a flurry of bids over the weekend, doubling the opening bid in hours.

“We now only entertain bids over £40,000.”

Ohmatdyt is the country’s largest children’s hospital and continues to provide life-saving treatments as the crisis lingers, MyArtBroker said.

In a statement on its website, the auction house called the continued operation of the hospital “a matter of national security” for Ukraine.

It not only treats seriously ill children, but also takes in people of all ages who have been injured in Russian attacks.


People wave banners and hearts aboard a small flotilla of boats leaving Bristol Harbor in support of Ukrainian refugees (Ben Birchall/PA)

Elsewhere in Bristol on Monday, a small fleet of boats staged a flotilla in the harbor, with the vessels decked out in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag, with banners welcoming refugees.

The stunt was organized by the City of Sanctuary network, which brings together community and faith groups, schools and charities committed to welcoming people fleeing war and persecution.

Later, some people on College Green made speeches about their wartime experiences.

Krystina Hynda, a 20-year-old Ukrainian who moved to Britain when she was nine, said she lives in constant fear of news her family may have been killed.

The neuroscience student said her extended family lives in the western province of Lviv and only her parents are in the UK.

Many of the speakers at the event criticized the “two-tier” system for refugees from Africa and the Middle East compared to those from Ukraine.

They called for the repeal of the Nationality and Borders Bill.


A demonstration of support for refugees in Bristol Harbor (Ben Birchall/PA)

Baher Al Abd, 20, fled the war in Syria and moved to the UK in 2019 after spending several years in Lebanon.

Mr Al Abd, who studies Politics and International Relations at Bristol University, said he is regularly asked by immigration officials why he did not stay to fight or how a refugee managed to get into the university.

Some of the most controversial aspects of the Nationality and Borders Bill are measures that make it a criminal offense to knowingly enter the UK illegally.

It also wants to introduce life sentences for those who facilitate illegal entry into the country.

The bill is expected to enter a protracted period of ‘ping pong’ between the House of Commons and House of Lords after peers rejected a number of aspects earlier this month.

Lords are voting to remove a clause allowing asylum seekers to be sent to overseas processing centers similar to those in Australia.

They also repealed the provision that made it a criminal offense to intentionally enter the UK without a permit and demanded that powers to “push back” migrants crossing the English Channel should not be used in a way that would would endanger life at sea. Auction of Banksy work to raise funds for Ukraine receives ‘flood of bids’

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