Sale still on for Banksy painting that self-destructed at auction

The artwork was shredded moment after going under the hammer for $1.7m

Camera Icon The artwork was shredded moment after going under the hammer for $1.7m

Banksy's painting Girl with Red Balloon was shredded after its sale at a Sotheby's auction in London. Immediately after the fall of the hammer in the frame turned on the paper shredder, which slashed the canvas to half into small strips.

"A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting", reads a caption, before a person wearing a hoodie installs the device.

The video later shows scenes from Sotheby's, where onlookers are left aghast as an alarm sounds and most of the image drops down through the frame and is left shredded.

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge", wrote Banksy, citing a leading anarchist theorist of the nineteenth century, Mikhail Bakunin, but attributing the quote to the famous painter Pablo Picasso.

The people at MyArtBroker estimate the piece is now worth about one pound or about 1.30 in USA dollars.

The painting was the final item to be auctioned at Sotheby's in London, which was sold for just over £1 million (RM 5.45 million).

That makes it part of world art history, according to Mr Syer, which will increase its appeal.

Banksy was also claimed to have been pictured this year after one of his work's appeared on the disused Scott Street Bridge in Hull.

Could this be Banksy filming his own stunt? The German artist Gustav Metzger coined the genre "auto-destructive art" in the 1960s, and used the inherent ephemerality of his work as a commentary on the post-World War II collapse of the geopolitical order.

TV Girl appeared at a Burger King in the artist's hometown of Bristol, Crazy Horse was installed in NY.

"It appears we just got Banksy-ed", Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, said in a statement on the auction house's website. Thanks to the publicity of this stunt, the painting is now even more desirable as a piece of auction history!

The iconic Banksy painting that self-destructed at auction last week has been authenticated by Pest Control, the elusive street artist's authentication body. Nor is this the first prank that Banksy has played on the public.

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