Banksy artwork mysteriously self-destructs after being bought at auction

Oct 07, 2018, 00:47
Banksy artwork mysteriously self-destructs after being bought at auction

However, in a twist to be expected from street art's most subversive character, the canvas suddenly passed through a shredder installed in the frame.

One of Banksy's most famous pieces, Girl with Balloon, was auctioned off at London auction house Sotheby's last night for a cool £1.042 million.

"We've just been Banksy'ed", Alex Branczik, senior director at Sotheby's told the publication.

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Auctioneers at an art sale were left aghast after Banksy's Girl With a Balloon self-destructed.

Banksy's latest act of artistic rebellion has not only destroyed his own work but duped both buyers and one of art auctioning's biggest names. "Going, going, gone..." he captioned an image showing the work splitting into pieces. If that's the case, though, there's a degree of irony in that the value of Banksy's piece might increase in its half-shredded state.

"We have not experienced this situation in the past.where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a [near-] record for the artist". Mashable reached out to Sotheby's for further info, and we'll update this story accordingly once we hear back.

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The auction house said the painting was signed and dedicated and that the vendor had acquired it from the artist in 2006.

Sotheby's issued a statement, saying "The successful bidder was a private collector, bidding through a Sotheby's staff member on the phone".

Banksy's real identity is unknown, though most accounts say he comes from Bristol where he started out as a small-time graffiti artist.

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Events company Sincura Group, which controversially removed another Banksy mural in Tottenham, said would exhibited the work before selling it for about £500,000. In the years after World War II, German-born artist Gustav Metzger pioneered "auto-destructive art", creating paintings using acid that ate away the fabric beneath.