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‘Going, going, gone…’: Banksy artwork self-destructed at Sotheby’s auction

October 6, 2018 at 3:30pm
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A stencil spray painting by elusive artist Banksy shredded itself after it was sold for more than £1m. ‘Girl With Balloon’, one of Banksy’s most widely recognised works, was auctioned by Sotheby’s in London. The framed piece shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon and was the final work sold at the 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.

Posting a picture of the moment on Instagram, Banksy wrote: ‘Going, going, gone…’

The 2006 piece was shown dangling in pieces from the bottom of the frame, after it sold for £1.042m on Friday night.

Banksy, a Bristol-born artist, has never officially revealed his true identity, despite rampant speculation. He came to prominence through a series of graffiti pieces that appeared on buildings, marked by deeply satirical undertones.

Friday’s self-destruction was the latest in a long history of anti-establishment statements by the street artist.

Source: BBC