• Banksy piece immediately shreds itself after being sold for $1.25M

    16 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    In what might be the most ridiculous stunt ever pulled in the art world, a Banksy piece has, in a sense, self-destructed. Right in front of an audience of would-be buyers.
    A framed canvas version of Banksy's Girl with Balloon was set to be auctioned at Sothebys in London. As the auction came to a close with a final bid of £953,829 , the print's frame began... beeping. Then, whirring. Seconds later, the canvas slid through the bottom of the frame, now almost entirely shredded.
    The anonymous artist has long expressed a dislike of art galleries reselling their works, down to creating a piece...
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  • Banksy ‘Girl With Balloon' Painting Sells for $1.4 Million-Then Self-Destructs on the Spot

    Banksy ‘Girl With Balloon' Painting Sells for $1.4 Million-Then Self-Destructs on the Spot

    16 days ago - By Fortune

    This big art purchase might not come with a high return on investment.
    Banksy's “Girl With Balloon” painting sold for $1.37 million at a Sotheby's auction in London Friday night and, immediately after the sale, the artwork began moving through a remote controlled shredder hidden at the bottom of the frame. The puzzling incident stunned attendees of the auction. Some of their reactions were documented in a photo posted to Banksy's Instagram.
    “It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” Alex Branczik, Sotheby's senior director and head of contemporary art, said in a statement on the auction company's...
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