A Banksy Painting 'Self-Destructed' After Being Auctioned for $1.1 Million

“We’ve just been Banksy’ed,” a Sotheby's director said.

by Nicole Clark
Oct 6 2018, 9:46pm

In a trademark on-the-nose bit of anti-capitalist pranking, the street artist Banksy apparently destroyed one of his own iconic Girl with Balloon paintings when it shredded itself into ribbons immediately after being auctioned at Sotheby's for the casual price of £860,000 ($1.1 million).

According to the Financial Times, the framed work, which was acquired by the auction house in 2006, "was shredded by a mechanism apparently hidden within the base of the frame, with most of the work emerging from the bottom in strips."

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