BUYER TO PAY FOR SHREDDED BANKSY
THE buyer of the Banksy artwork shredded moments after the auction finished is going through with the $1.85 million sale.
Girl With Balloon, one of Banksy’s most well-known works, passed through a shredder built into the frame after the hammer went down at Sotheby’s last Friday. It was dangling in pieces from the bottom of the picture and has been given a new title, Love Is In The Bin. Its buyer, an unnamed woman from Europe who is a longstanding client of the London auctioneer, believes it has a unique place in history.
She said: “When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realise that I would end up with my own piece of art history.”
Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art, Europe, said: “Banksy didn’t destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one.”
Love Is In The Bin