Banksy Piece Self Destructs After Selling for $1.4 Million

Banksy Piece Self Destructs After Selling for $1.4 Million

Banksy Piece Self Destructs After Selling for $1.4 Million

British street artist Banksy has stunned the art world with arguably his most audacious prank yet, self-destructing one of his best-known works moments after it fetched more than a million pounds at auction in London.

Later, the artist posted a video to his Instagram showing how he had secretly built a shredder inside the frame without the dealer or buyer knowing.

"It was not clear whether the artist had attended the auction in person to deliver the coup de grâce to his work", the Financial Times reported.

Banksy is a Bristol-born artist whose true identity - despite rampant speculation - has never been officially revealed. "This is now a part of art history in its shredded state and we'd estimate Banksy has added at a minimum 50% to its value, possibly as high as being worth £2m plus". The art world is now trying to figure out whether the painting was destroyed or transformed, and whether its value was decreased or increased. The piece, which sold for more than $1 million, now hangs halfway out of its frame in ribbons, with the girl partially obscured by the frame that destroyed the work in the first place.

"It appears we just got Banksy-ed", Branczik said after the painting was reduced to shreds.

A man who works in the printing shop said in he had not seen the Banksy mural for years because it was been covered with boards.

The"Girl With Balloon by Banksy seen here at the Lazinc in London

With the bidding thereby closing at $1.2 million, the canvas which was suspended into view then suddenly descended into a shredding machine.

"We have not experienced this situation in the past where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist", he said.

The girl depicts a Syrian refugee, an imagery which Banksy uses many times in his murals.

The mysterious Banksy posted a picture of the destroyed art piece on his Instagram with the caption "going, going, gone".

The clip shows a hooded figure putting the finishing touches on the device, before text appears on the screen saying: "In case it was ever put up for auction".

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