A Banksy Painting Sells for $1.4 Million

And then Self-Destructs the Moment it is Sold!

October 8, 2018

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Banksy's entire art career is centered around dark humor and anti-consumerism but this might just be his best stunt yet.

On Friday, a Banksy painting of a little girl releasing a red, heart-shaped balloon sold at a Sotheby's auction in England for $1.4 million.

And right after the auctioneer hit the gavel to complete the sale, the painting shredded itself.  It turns out Banksy had built a shredder into the frame years ago and either he or one of his accomplices triggered it right after it sold.

It's a hell of a prank and a piece of performance art, and it's one that's totally on-brand for Banksy.

Unfortunately, it looks like it might backfire on him though because now some art experts say that the stunt was such an epic move that the shards of the painting might be worth 50% more than what it sold for. 

. "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge" - Picasso

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