Banksy Art Self-Destructs After Selling

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Banksy Art Self-Destructs After Selling

In a moment that caught the art world by surprise, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon self-destructed just as the final hammer signaled the end of an evening of auctions in London. The work sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million), tying the artist’s record at auction previously achieved in 2008.

Image: Banksy's "Girl with red balloon" mysteriously shreds following its sale at Sotheby's London 

 

In a moment that caught the art world by surprise, Banksy's Girl with Balloon self-destructed just as the final hammer signaled the end of an evening of auctions in London. The work sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million), tying the artist’s record at auction previously achieved in 2008.

 

Banksy's "Girl with red balloon" mysteriously shreds following its sale at Sotheby's London 

 

The framed work, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart shaped balloon – one of Banksy’s most iconic images – began to pass through a shredder hidden in the “artist’s frame.”

 

Banksy, Girl with red balloon, 2006

 

“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, Senior Director and Head of Contemporary Art, Europe London. The unexpected incident became instant art world folklore and certainly marks the first time in auction history that a work of art automatically shredded itself after coming under the hammer.

 

 

 

 

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