A Banksy was left in shreds before an shocked audience moments after it was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in London for a record $1.4 million. The British artist, whose identity is still unknown, timed his painting, Girl With Balloon, to self-destruct via a shredder hidden in the artwork’s frame.
The painting sold for sold for $1,367,104. said Alex Branczik, senior director and head of Contemporary Art, Europe London, said in a statement from Sotheby’s,
“It appears we just got Banksy-ed.”
The artist himself posted a photo of the shredded work on his Instagram,
“Going, going, gone…”
Video shot by an attendee showed two Sotheby’s workers remove the painting, partially shredded and hanging from the frame, from the wall and whisk it away.
Banksy took to Instagram Saturday morning with a video appearing to show the shredder being built into the frame.
“A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting … in case it was ever put up for auction.
‘The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.’ – Picasso.”
Gotta love it. The newly shredded painting is probably worth more that that million now. It’s legendary.
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