Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Banksy Painting: Who Knew It Was 'Self Destruct'?

Banksy has revealed footage of him hiding a shredder in the Girl with Balloon frameMore Banksy has revealed footage of him hiding a shredder in the Girl with Balloon frameMore
Ivan Hill | 12 October, 2018, 03:42

So it's not entirely surprising that one of his most famous paintings, Girl With Balloon, selfdestructed after selling for more than $1.86 million at a Sotheby's auction in London.

But just seconds after the hammer came down, the painting itself whirred into life, and fed through a shredder which had been secretly installed inside the gold frame.

Banksy later posted a video of the self-destructing painting on Instagram in which he claimed he equipped the frame with a shredder in case the painting was ever sold.

Video footage showed two men taking the painting away shortly after the sale, bits of the image hanging down from the bottom of the frame in strips.

After Saturday's stunt, he borrowed a quote from Picasso and wrote on Instagram: "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge".

"We've been Banksy-ed", he added.

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The price paid in London Friday evening for "Girl with Balloon" matched the artist's previous record at a 2008 auction for another work, Sotheby's said. His name is Banksy and he thinks that art should not be prostituted by capitalism.

Sotheby's said the buyer of the 2006 work "Balloon Girl", identified only as "a female European collector and a long-standing client of Sotheby's", had made a decision to continue with the purchase at the original price.

Art experts are saying that the "damaged" artwork could now be double in value.

Sotheby's auction house - where Banksy's art was sold and swiftly destroyed - has said that it is now in discussions with the buyer about what to do next.

In an idiotic footnote to the stunt, one owner of a Girl with Balloon shredded his copy of the work, valued at £(US$53,000) with a Stanley knife believing it would also appreciate in value.

While Banksy's stunt involved destroying the classic artwork using a remote device, this person reportedly took a stanley knife to the expensive piece - which is apparently one of just 600 mint condition prints in the world. Banksy also created a documentary file "Exit Through the Gift Shop" that was billed as the first street art disaster movie.

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