Full price for shredded art
The buyer of a Banksy painting that was partially shredded at an auction has agreed to proceed with her payment of £1.04 million ($1.9 million) despite the damage to the artwork.
“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,” auction house Sotheby’s quoted the bidder as saying on Thursday.
The buyer of the 2006 work Balloon Girl, identified only as “a female European collector and a long-standing client of Sotheby’s”, had decided to continue with the purchase at the original price.
Banksy said he had secretly built a shredder into the outsize gilt frame of the picture, activating it as the auction closed on October 5. The artwork has since been renamed Love is in the Bin and certificated by Pest Control, a company run by Banksy, who keeps his identity secret.
Banksy posted a video of the shredding on his website, leading to speculation that he personally attended the auction.
Banksy’s Girl with Balloon is shredded at Sotheby's as bidders look on.