Buyer of Banksy Painting That Self-Destructed Plans to Keep It

Buyer of Banksy Painting That Self-Destructed Plans to Keep It

Banksy did this in case the eventuality arose that the painting was put up for sale on auction.

It opened with the caption: "A few years ago, I secretly built a shredder into a painting".

Footage shown in Banksy's Instagram video appears to match the same angle caught on a mystery man's smartphone in another video at the Sotheby's auction.

Banksy posted a video Saturday on his Instagram page accompanied by a quote attributed to Pablo Picasso - "the urge to destroy is also a creative urge" - showing the stunt unfolding and how he pulled it off.

Joey Syer, founder of MyArtBroker, opined on Twitter: "in its shredded state and we'd (sic) estimate #Banksy has added at a minimum 50% to it's value, possibly as high as being worth £2m".

Sotheby's European head of contemporary art told the press: "We've just been Banksy'ed".

The painting was the final item to be auctioned at Sotheby's in London, which was sold for just over £1 million (RM 5.45 million).

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In this undated photo provided by Sotheby's the spray-painted canvas "Girl with Balloon" by artist Banksy is pictured.

The Banksy painting that self-destructed after being sold for $1.1 million has reportedly doubled in value after the controversial stunt.

"The shredding is now part of the integral art work".

As reported by the Bristol Post, while people who don't really understand Banksy are thinking the buyer was ripped off in the process, they really should think again.

On Friday, a Banksy painting titled Girl with Balloon was being auctioned at Sotheby's in London.

Alison Young, a professor of criminology at the University of Melbourne who has studied street art and Banksy for years, said this was far from a prank gone wrong. Thanks to the publicity of this stunt, the painting is now even more desirable as a piece of auction history! In 2015, the artist conceived "Dismaland" - a haunting exhibit he called a "festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism".