Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Banksy Piece Self Destructs After Selling for $1.4 Million

Banksy Piece Self Destructs After Selling for $1.4 Million

Taking to Instagram, Banksy posted a picture of the shredding in progress, photographed alongside a sea of surprised faces who were watching the prank unfold.

A famous painting of the elusive street-artist Banksy shredded itself only moments after it was sold at an auction for more than a whopping £1 million.

Hilariously, the Sotheby's listing for "Girl With Balloon" notes that the frame is "an integral element of the artwork chosen by Banksy himself."Now we know why!".

Alex Branczik, the auction house's head of contemporary art, told onlookers "we just got Bansky-ed" and labelled it "genius".

There's no word on how the shredder started operating at the key moment after the auction, though it could have been activated by a remote mechanism.

During the auction at Sotheby's in London, Girl With Balloon was the last item up for sale on Friday night.

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"Going, going gone" is what an auctioneer says before selling to the highest bidder.

Sotheby's, which could not be immediately reached for further comment on Saturday, did not disclose if it had prior knowledge of the stunt.

In March 2015, the third anniversary of the Syria conflict, Banksy reworked the painting to depict a Syrian refugee and added #WithSyria. "It's certainly the first work to be spontaneously shredded as an auction ends".

Sotheby's have already issued a statement discussing the stunt.

Banksy has always been opposed to the commercialisation of his art, using this as a theme for some of his work.

Banksy, thought to be from Bristol, has never revealed his true identity but there are countless rumours about who he really is. In the years after World War II, German-born artist Gustav Metzger pioneered "auto-destructive art", creating paintings using acid that ate away the fabric beneath.

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