Banksy paint­ing sold But cut into shreds

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

LON­DON: The woman who bid more than 1 mil­lion pounds for a paint­ing by the mys­te­ri­ous Bri­tish artist Banksy which shred it­self into pieces at the mo­ment of the sale has gone ahead with the pur­chase, auc­tion house Sotheby’s said on Thurs­day.The bot­tom half of “Girl with Bal­loon”, one of Banksy’s best-known works, was sucked into a shred­der hid­den in its frame as the ham­mer fell last Fri­day af­ter a bid of 1,042,000 pounds— match­ing Banksy’s all-time record. “When the ham­mer came down last week and the work was shred­ded, I was at first shocked, but grad­u­ally I be­gan to re­al­ize that I would end up with my own piece of art his­tory,” said the buyer, an un­named Euro­pean col­lec­tor.

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