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Thom Yorke Auctioning Anti-Poverty Painting

Singer worked with Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood

June 18, 2013 12:30 PM ET
Thom Yorke performs in Manchester, Tennessee.
Thom Yorke performs in Manchester, Tennessee.
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An anti-poverty painting by Thom Yorke and longtime friend Stanley Donwood – who's responsible for Radiohead and Yorke's album covers and posters since 1994's The Bends – is being being auctioned off by the New York City house Bonhams.

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The 2005 painting, titled "Business School for the Dead," was made initially for the Make Poverty History campaign. Current estimates price the painting between $5,500 and $6,200,with all proceeds set to benefit the Trade Justice Movement, a coalition of organizations that fight to end poverty and hunger.

Yorke commented on Twitter witter about the piece going up for sale: "Hope someone in the financial industry buys this, what a novelty to have a painting at auction ha!"

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