Buyer goes ahead with purchase of shredded Banksy painting

Banksy’s Barely Believable Batteries             42 Comments              by      Jenny List

At a London Sotheby's auction of his 2006 spray-paint work "Girl With Balloon", the artist rigged a secret shredding contraption into the base of the frame that destroyed the work via remote control.

"Banksy didn't destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one", Alex Branczik, head of contemporary art in Europe for Sotheby's, said in the statement.

It happened at Sotheby's in London, when the Banksy work was the last to be bid on, and eventually sold, for a grand total price of $1.1 million. Sotheby's has described the painting as a "framed work, spray paint and acrylic on canvas", and notes that it's "the first time in auction history that a work of art automatically shredded itself".

The auction house was forced to admit it was "Banksy'ed" after the piece by the mysterious artist self destructed.

Julien's Auctions have said that the piece is perfectly safe as are other Banksy pieces open to bidding.

There's a long, illustrious tradition in the art world of famous artists playing expensive pranks on their wealthy and often oblivious patrons. But when the Dismaland website crashed in response to high ticket demand, the disappointment lived up to the "bemusement" park's name when people were convinced it was all part of his art.

The auction house said it was "in discussion about next steps" with the buyer, whose identity was not disclosed.

"He is arguably the greatest British street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius". The painting had sold moments before for $1.4 million to an unidentified buyer, who purchased the painting via telephone.

"I think Banksy would find this all very amusing", she said.

Yesterday, Banksy posted a video on his Instagram account explaining how he installed the shredder in the frame without anyone knowing.

Social media users found Banksy's own heist method also to be "F**king brilliant!", posting support messages next to his Instagram video post.

This begs the question: is shredded art now all the rage?

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