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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

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