Sale of shred­ded Banksy piece goes ahead

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD WEEKEND -

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

PHOTO: REUTERS

Banksy’s Love is in the Bin

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