Banksy is well and truly the maverick of the art scene as he once again proved yesterday.
As his iconic stencil spray painting ‘Girl with Balloon’ was auctioned off for a whopping $1.1 million (£838,418), it self-destructed leaving it dangling in ribbons from the frame.
As people watched one of the artist’s most famous works go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Auction House in London yesterday (October 5), they were in shocked when it suddenly went through a shredder concealed within the frame.
Banksy had clearly saved his best work until last with the painting of the girl reaching out towards a heart-shaped balloon being the last item sold at the auction. Sharing a photo of the moment on Instagram, Banksy accompanied it with the caption ‘going, going, gone’ which couldn’t be more accurate!
Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe, was taken aback but not surprised by the twist admitting ‘it appears we just got Banksy-ed’.
It is not yet clear whether the shredding has added value to the painting, although we can all agree it certainly adds further character.
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