Banksy’ed: Street artist’s painting shreds itself moments after selling for $1.4M

Banksy’ed: Street artist’s painting shreds itself moments after selling for $1.4M

Once the bidding had come to a close on the iconic Banksy piece, the artwork started to sound an alarm and was subsequently destroyed by a shredder hidden within the frame.

According to the Associated Press, there is still some question of what this means for the purchase of the artwork. "We have not experienced a situation where a painting has spontaneously shredded, possibly at the request of the artist".

It was sold at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale on Friday night.

Banksy took to his own Instagram with a picture of the onlookers' shocked faces during the moment and captioned it, "Going, going, gone..."

The painting was the work of renowned anonymous street-artist Banksy.

Lo último: @banksy destruye sí #GWRB Girl With Red Balloon, antes que cayera el mazo en plena subasta en Sotheby's.

"A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting", the artist said in an Instagram post, "in case it was ever put up for auction".

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It's unclear exactly how Banksy, the world-famous artist whose identity is still a mystery, pulled it off.

Events company Sincura Group, which controversially removed another Banksy mural in Tottenham, said would exhibited the work before selling it for about £500,000.

Banksy, a mysterious artist from Bristol, southwest England, rose to fame painting clandestine street murals, typically simple graffiti stencils with a sharp political point, all over the world.

It'll be interesting to see what Banksy has in store for fans of his work next.

"Girl With Balloon" first appeared on a wall in Great Eastern Street, London.

In 2005, he hung an image of a spear-toting ancient human pushing a shopping cart in the British Museum, where it remained for several days before being discovered.

His work has appeared at sites including Israel's barrier at the West Bank and also at Disneyland, where he painted a life-size figure of a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

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