Sale of shredded Banksy piece goes ahead
LONDON: The woman who bid more than £1 million 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 yesterday.
Onlookers gasped and laughed after the bottom half of Girl with Balloon, one of Banksy’s bestknown works, was sucked into a shredder hidden in its frame as the hammer fell last Friday after a bid of £1,042,000 ($NZ2.11 million) — matching Banksy’s alltime record.
‘‘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,’’ the buyer, an unnamed female European collector, said, according to Sotheby’s.
The auction house said the artwork had been granted a certificate by Banksy’s authentication body and has given a new title, Love is in the Bin.
‘‘Banksy didn’t destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one,’’ said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art, Europe.
The artist, whose real identity is unknown, is known for sharply ironic outdoor graffiti with political themes. — Reuters
Banksy’s Love is in the Bin