February 18, 2019

Banksy painting 'self-destructs' after selling for $1.4M

11 October 2018, 05:34 | Regina Holmes

Banksy has revealed footage of him hiding a shredder in the Girl with Balloon frameMore

Banksy has revealed footage of him hiding a shredder in the Girl with Balloon frameMore

But Scott Hove, a California artist who collaborated with Banksy on his "Dismayland" installation, said Banksy broke new ground in demolishing his own work at auction with no advance warning.

Banksy's latest prank could cost one person over $1 million after the street artist self-destructed one of his works moments after it was sold at auction.

The original painting Girl With Balloon sold for a record £1.04 million - but then. The artist posted a photo of the stunt, midway through shredding, on his Instagram page early Saturday, above the caption: "going, going, gone", imitating an auctioneer.

"It appears we just got Banksy-ed", Alex Branczik, Sotheby's senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe, said as the painting destroyed itself, the Guardian reports.

Banksy later posted a video to Instagram that showed footage of a shredding mechanism being built into the frame for, presumably, Girl with Balloon.

The video does not show how the shredder was activated, but it is thought to have been set off using some sort of remote control. Its stencil has been repeated in an edition of 150 prints and 25 numbered paintings by Banksy.

The anonymous street artist is known for his satirical street art - characterised by its dark humour and political activism.

But just seconds after the hammer came down, the painting itself whirred into life, and fed through a shredder which had been secretly installed inside the gold frame.

Banksy was also claimed to have been pictured this year after one of his works appeared on the disused Scott Street Bridge in Hull.

One thing is for sure, the painting may be "damaged" but the art event will go down in art history, and the price may soar as a result. According to The Sun, "Banksy has never been unmasked and it is believed his refusal to reveal himself started as a way of avoiding prosecution for vandalism".

"We are busy figuring out what this means in an auction context". Nor is this the first prank that Banksy has played on the public. It is not clear who had bought the artwork, as his or her identity has not been disclosed by Sotheby's.

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