Banksy Painting Self-Destructs Seconds After Selling For £1 Million

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Banksy is well and truly the maverick of the art scene as he once again proved yesterday.

As his iconic stencil spray painting ‘Girl with Balloon’ was auctioned off for a whopping $1.1 million (£838,418), it self destructed.

We think Banksy has been watching too many Mission: Impossible films.

As people watched one of the artist’s most famous works go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Auction House in London yesterday (October 5), they were in shocked when it suddenly went through a shredder concealed within the frame.

Banksy had clearly saved his best work until last with the painting of the girl reaching out towards a heart-shaped balloon being the last item sold at the auction.

Sharing a photo of the moment on Instagram, Banksy accompanied it with the caption ‘going, going, gone’ which couldn’t be more accurate!

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Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe, hit the nail on the head admitting ‘it appears we just got Banksy-ed’.

He added:

He is arguably the greatest British street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius.

The shredding is now part of the integral artwork. We have not experienced a situation where a painting has spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist.

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