Banksy shreds £1,042,000 paint­ing into mas­ter­pieces

But art ex­perts reckon that could have dou­bled its value

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Russell Black­stock RBLACKSTOCK@SUN­DAY­POST.COM

Aworld-renowned auc­tion house was “Banksy-ed” af­ter a paint­ing by the mys­te­ri­ous street artist im­me­di­ately self­de­struc­ted af­ter sell­ing for more than £1 mil­lion.

Girl With Bal­loon, one of Banksy’s most widely recog­nised works, went un­der the ham­mer at Sotheby’s in Lon­don on Fri­day night.

The framed sten­cil spray paint­ing shows a girl reach­ing to­wards a heart-shaped bal­loon.

The sale price equalled Banksy’s pre­vi­ous auc­tion record of £1.04m.

How­ever as soon as it was sold, the 2006 can­vas sud­denly passed through a shred­der in­stalled in the frame and ac­ti­vated by re­mote con­trol and was cut to rib­bons.

Post­ing a pic­ture of the mo­ment on In­sta­gram, Banksy wrote: “Go­ing, go­ing, gone...”

The art­work was shown dan­gling in pieces from the bot­tom of the frame.

It is not known who the suc­cess­ful bid­der was but Sotheby’s said they are talk­ing to them and that they were “sur­prised” by the stunt.

A shocked mem­ber of Sotheby’s staff looks on as the Banksy paint­ing goes through the shred­der

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