Banksy's 'self destructing painting' the 'PR stunt of the year'
11 October, 2018, 17:33
Prankster artist Banksy has revealed how he carried out his biggest stunt yet. With some of the image hanging down in strips, the 2006 work of spray paint on canvas of a girl reaching for a red, heart-shaped balloon was swiftly carried off.
Earlier on Saturday, Banksy had posted a picture of the stunt's aftermath with the caption: "Going, going, gone..."
Just slightly less than 24 hours ago, however, the anonymous street artist posted a video on his (or her, or their, who knows?) Instagram page which explained how a shredder was secretly installed in the frame. The video is captioned with a quote by the Spanish artist Picasso, who had said the urge to destroy was also a creative urge.
It shows footage from the auction floor and the bewildered faces of the onlookers as the shredding device activates.
It's perhaps surprising that no alarm bells began ringing among the observers when the piece sold for the exact same sum as Banksy's previous auction record, set in 2008.
There is a speculation that the auctioneers were aware that a shredder was hidden in the painting.
"He is arguably the greatest British street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius".
While Banksy's stunt has been called a conceptual master stroke, pulling it off was no easy task. Some art-market watchers say the work could be worth even more in its shredded state.
The auction house was not immediately available for comment on the whereabouts of the painting's remains, or how its value might have changed in light of its self-destruction.
Banksy was also claimed to have been pictured this year after one of his works appeared on the disused Scott Street Bridge in Hull.
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