Banksy Self-Destructs ‘Girl with Balloon’ Painting Moments After $1.4 Million Sotheby’s Auction


By The Denver Egotist / /

A framed version of Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon,” one of the artist’s most iconic images, hit the auction block Friday night at Sotheby’s in London. However, moments after a $1.4 million winning bid was placed, an alarm within the painting sounded and the canvas “began to pass through a shredder hidden in the frame,” Sotheby’s writes

While on the surface it appears that the winning bidder quickly took a $1.4 million loss, one art industry insider speculated that Banksy shredding the “Girl With Balloon” painting actually enhanced the work’s value. The prankster at his finest. 


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