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Banksy Artwork ‘Self-Destructs’ After Selling for $1.4M at Auction

The anonymous street artist known as Banksy just pulled off one of the greatest pranks ever seen in the art world: one of his paintings was sold for nearly $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction in London last night, and immediately after being sold, the painting self-destructed.

The 2006 spray-painted canvas painting titled “Girl With a Balloon” had a final price of £1,042,000 ($1,367,471) with the buyer’s premium.


Photo by Robert Casterline/Casterline Goodman Gallery and used with permission.

After the hammer fell, attendees suddenly heard an alarm ring out. As everyone’s attention was drawn to the painting in the large frame, it suddenly was drawn through the bottom of the Banksy-made frame and shredded.

“[It] sold for over a million dollars and as we sat there…the painting started moving,” Robert Casterline of Casterline Goodman gallery tells Hyperallergic. “[It was] all out confusion then complete excitement.”


Photo by Robert Casterline/Casterline Goodman Gallery and used with permission.

It turns out there was a remote-control mechanism built into the frame that shredded the painting on command. Amused attendees quickly pulled out their phones and cameras and began snapping photos with smiles on their faces.

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