Banksy art­work self-de­structs just af­ter $1.4 mil­lion sale

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - OBITUARIES / NEWS -

Art prankster Banksy has struck again.

A work by the elu­sive street artist self-de­struc­ted in front of star­tled auc­tion­go­ers on Fri­day, mo­ments af­ter be­ing sold for 1.04 mil­lion pounds ($1.4 mil­lion). In an In­sta­gram post Sat­ur­day, Banksy claimed the dra­matic artis­tic pay­off had been years in the mak­ing.

The spray-painted can­vas “Girl With Bal­loon” went un­der the ham­mer at Sotheby’s in Lon­don, fetch­ing more than three times its pre-sale es­ti­mate and equal­ing a record price for the artist.

Then, as an alarm sounded, it ran through a shred­der em­bed­ded in the frame, leav­ing half the can­vas hang­ing from the bot­tom in strips.

A post on Banksy’s of­fi­cial In­sta­gram ac­count showed the mo­ment — and the shocked re­ac­tion of those in the room — with the words “Go­ing, go­ing, gone…”

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