‘We simply obtained Banksy-ed’: balloon lady portray self-destructs at sale

LONDON (Reuters) – A portray by mysterious British artist Banksy shred itself into items in the meanwhile it offered for greater than 1 million kilos at a London public sale on Friday.

Banksy’s portray “Girl with Red Balloon” is seen shredded after its sale at Sotheby public sale in London, Britain October 5, 2018 on this nonetheless picture taken from a video obtained from social media on October 6, 2018. INSTAGRAM/@PIERREKOUKJIAN/INSTAGRAM/@SINCEFINEART by way of REUTERS

“Girl with Balloon”, one in every of Banksy’s best-known works, disappeared right into a shredder hidden in its body because the hammer fell at 1,042,000 kilos ($1.37 million), a sum that matched the artist’s earlier file sale, public sale home Sotheby’s stated.

“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” Alex Branczik, senior director and head of latest artwork, stated in an announcement on Sotheby’s web site.

FILE PHOTO: An worker walks with Banksy’s “Girl and Balloon” 2009, at Bonhams public sale home in London March 23, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo

Banksy himself posted an Instagram image of shocked onlookers watching the portray disintegrate, with the caption: “Going, going, gone…”

Sotheby’s stated this was “certainly” the primary time a murals began to shred itself after coming below the hammer.

The public sale home was not instantly out there for touch upon the whereabouts of the portray’s stays, or how its worth may have modified in mild of its self-destruction.

Banksy, whose actual identification is unknown, is understood for sharply ironic outside graffiti with political themes, together with at Israel’s barrier on the West Bank and Disneyland the place he painted a life-size determine of a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Once a small-time graffiti artist from the English metropolis of Bristol, Banksy’s work has turn into massively priceless.

Writing by Andy Bruce; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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