Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Banksy painting destroyed in artist's prank at Sotheby's auction

039;We’ve been Banksy’d!' Balloon girl self-destructs upon fetching 1.1mn at Sotheby’s auction Sotheby’s 'Banksy-ed' as painting 'self-destructs' live at auction
Freda Brock | 06 October, 2018, 14:55

The British artist, whose identity is still unknown after decades of speculation, timed his painting, "Girl With Balloon", to self-destruct via a shredder hidden in the artwork's frame.

A post on Banksy's official Instagram account showed the moment - and the shocked reaction of those in the room - with the words "Going, going, gone".

Previously in 2012, a different copy of the "Girl with Balloon" painting sold for between £15,000 - 25,000 GBP (approximately $19,680 - 32,800 USD) at a Bonhams auction.

"It appears we just got Banksy-ed", said Alex Branczik, Sotheby's senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe.

"The auction result will only propel this further and given the media attention this stunt has received, the lucky buyer would see a great return on the £1.02M they paid last night".

But just after the hammer went down, the painting was shredded, thought to be by a remotely activated mechanism within the frame.

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He has also produced a treasure trove of other kinds of images, and his works have sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds in many cases.

Said Sotheby's in a statement, "We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprise by the story".

"Banksy did it again to the art market that he so despises", he said about the latest prank by an artist who continues to mess with the conventions of the art world.

It was instantly recognisable as a Banksy to anyone familiar with his work.

He came to prominence through a series of graffiti pieces that appeared on buildings across the country, marked by deeply satirical undertones. The 2006 gallery version featured spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on a board.

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