A Banksy painting sold at Sotheby’s for over £1 million.
Once the auction was completed, Banksey, or someone affiliated with him, triggered the shredder built into the picture frame:
Banksy has released a video showing how he secretly built a shredder into one of his paintings that self-destructed after it was sold for more than £1m.
The framed Girl With Balloon, one of the artist’s best known works, was auctioned by Sotheby’s in London.
Moments after the piece was sold, the canvas of a girl reaching for a heart-shaped balloon shredded itself.
Quoting Picasso on his Instagram, Banksy wrote: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge – Picasso.”
The clip starts with a caption, saying: “A few years ago, I secretly built a shredder into a painting.”
The video then shows someone in a hoodie installing the device, before another caption, saying: “In case it was ever put up for auction.”
The video then shows the moment the painting shredded itself at the auction house on Friday, captured on a mobile phone.
It is unclear how the shredder was activated.
Moments before, the 2006 stencilled spray-painting had sold for £1.042m.
“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe.
I’ve got to believe that Banksy is the secret love child of Eugène Ionesco, spiritually, if not genetically.