Sotheby’s claims Banksy stunt ‘a coup on art world’
Cut up: Banksy’s work is shredded AN auction house has called a prank by the secretive street artist Banksy which partially shred a £1m painting immediately after it was sold at auction a “coup on the art world”.
The anonymous artist’s Girl With Balloon was bought for £1.04m at a Sotheby’s sale on October 5.
But almost as soon as the hammer fell, the canvas was passed through a secret shredder hidden in the frame, leaving the bottom half in tatters and only a solitary red balloon left on a white background in the frame.
Sotheby’s Alex Branczik said: “When I saw the picture had dropped I thought ‘oh no’, but when I realised it was a Banksy intervention I think I laughed.”