Iconic Banksy art work sells for over £1 million, instantly self-destructs

One of Banksy’s most well-known items, Girl with Balloon, was auctioned off at London public sale home Sotheby’s final evening for a cool £1.042 million.

While this determine is much from uncommon in relation to the elusive artist's work, it’s what occurred subsequent that took a flip for the sudden.

Moments after the sale was accomplished, an alarm sounded and the stencil spray portray appeared to shred itself, passing by means of a mechanism hidden throughout the canvas’ body.

Taking to Instagram, Banksy posted an image of the shredding in progress, photographed alongside a sea of stunned faces who had been watching the prank unfold. He captured the publish, “Going, going, gone…”

Sotheby’s have already issued a assertion discussing the stunt. They described the prank as, “instantaneous artwork world historical past”, including that it, “actually marks the primary time in public sale historical past murals mechanically shredded itself after coming beneath the hammer.”

“It seems we simply received Banksy-ed,” mentioned Sotheby’s Senior Director and Head of Contemporary Art in Europe, Alex Branczik.

The piece in query depicts a woman and a purple heart-shaped balloon. It initially appeared on a wall on Great Eastern Street, London, and final yr it was voted the nation's favorite art work. The £1.042 million determine it bought for matched Banksy’s earlier file at public sale from again in 2008.

The id of Bristol-born road artist Banksy has by no means been formally confirmed, nonetheless final yr Goldie appeared to disclose the artist’s identify in an interview, referring to Banksy as “Robert”. Although he solely hinted at a primary identify, many assumed he was referring to Massive Attack’s Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja.

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[Photo credit: Sotheby's]